Kolkata, India – ONergy Punam Energy Pvt. Ltd., a leading company providing solar electricity to the more than 390 million Indians without access to energy, will look to the outcomes of the Global LEAP Awards to identify appliance manufacturers with which to do business. ONergy plans to hold business discussions with the Winners and Finalists of the Global LEAP Awards, an international competition that will recognize the world’s best low-voltage direct current (DC) off-grid appliances on the basis of their affordability, quality, and energy efficiency.
“Solar home systems help lift ONergy’s off-grid customers out of poverty and improve their quality of life,” said ONergy’s Vinay Jaju. “Durable, highly energy-efficient appliances help us better serve our customers, and we want to sell the very best.”
ONergy has set up 8 Renewable Energy Centres throughout eastern India that combine product sales, finance, and after-sale service. ONergy has more than twenty five thousand customers so far, and has a mission of electrifying one million Indians by 2016.
To meet their indoor lighting needs, many off-grid households rely on kerosene, a fossil fuel with dangerous health, indoor air quality, and climate change consequences. On top of this, kerosene is very expensive for low-income off-grid households. Appliances powered by low-voltage off-grid solar home systems offer these communities dramatically improved quality of life, and offer a better, cleaner, cheaper alternative to kerosene.
Global LEAP is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial that supports commercial markets for clean energy access products and services that help off-grid populations transition away from fuels like kerosene. The Global LEAP Awards’ first competition will identify the world’s most energy-efficient, highest quality low-voltage DC LED room lighting appliances and flat-panel color televisions.
Energy efficiency is a critical energy access tool because super-efficient off-grid appliances can run on smaller, more affordable DC power systems. Appliance quality helps sustain off-grid consumer demand—a power system is a significant investment for off-grid families in the developing world, and it’s important that the appliances that accompany the system work as promised.
“We know the Global LEAP Awards will provide ONergy with a valuable service,” said Jaju. “We want to know what the best off-grid appliances are because we want to offer our customers the best off-grid appliances.”
Manufacturers of eligible products can find more information and nominate their products at www.GlobalLEAPawards.org.
ONergy (Punam Energy Pvt. Ltd.) is a social enterprise established in 2009 providing decentralized energy solutions to underserved households and institutions. ONergy serves undeserved rural households and businesses by deploying solar LED lighting, solar electrification systems and cooking / thermal solutions, across East India. Over the years ONergy has received wide recognition for its work. It has won many awards and its’ works has been widely covered in the media. It has strong national and international partners who bring new and innovative solutions for its customers.
About Global LEAP
The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a high-level global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy. CEM initiatives are based on areas of common interest among participating governments and other stakeholders and help reduce emissions, improve energy security, provide energy access, and sustain economic growth. The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) is a CEM initiative to catalyze and transform markets for off-grid energy products and services. www.cleanenergyministerial.org/GlobalLEAP