Washington, D.C., USA – Orb Energy, one of India’s leading solar photovoltaic energy system providers, will look to the outcomes of the Global LEAP Awards to identify manufacturers with which to do business. Orb intends to speak 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.
“Quality and efficiency are critical to any company delivering energy to underserved communities in the developing world,” said Orb’s Chief Executive Officer Damian Miller. “At Orb, we pride ourselves on providing our customers the best possible products and service. The Global LEAP Awards will help us continue to do so.”
Orb utilizes a network of more than one hundred and fifty retail branches to sell and service its low-voltage Solectric solar home kits and other solar products. The Solectric DC is sold with a variety of low-voltage appliances that deliver the benefits of lighting, communications and entertainment, and comfort to the off-grid households and businesses that purchase and install them. Orb regularly works with banks to secure financing for off-grid customers, and in the past 6 years has provided more than 100,000 customers with life-changing electricity.
According to the International Energy Agency, more than 290 million Indians have no access to the electric grid. To meet their indoor lighting needs, off-grid households often rely on kerosene, a fossil fuel with dangerous health, indoor air quality, and climate change consequences.
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 manufacture many of our own high-quality products,” said Miller. “But any chance to compare off-grid appliances on the metrics that matter most to our market is useful, and helps us make decisions. I expect that the results of the Global LEAP Awards will be valuable to our business.”
Manufacturers of eligible products can find more information and nominate their products at www.GlobalLEAPawards.org.
About Orb Energy
Orb Energy is one of India’s leading solar providers. Their mission is to make solar energy more affordable, accessible, and hazard-free for both residential and commercial customers looking for a better energy alternative. Orb’s Solectric DC product line of solar home systems serve their customers in power-starved communities with essential lighting, mobile phone charging, access to radio, and cool air from fans. www.orbenergy.com
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
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