CLASP is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to serve as the primary resource and voice for appliance, lighting, and equipment energy efficiency worldwide.
CLASP serves as the Awards Operating Agent for the Global Lighting & Energy Access Partnership’s (“Global LEAP”) Outstanding Off-Grid Products Awards competition program (the “competition”), an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). The primary objective of the competition is to advance global energy access goals through transformation of the off-grid appliance market.
Approximately 1.3 billion people live without access to electricity and another billion only have access to unreliable electricity. Energy poverty results in unmet basic needs and depressed economic and educational opportunities that are particularly pervasive among women, children, and cultural or ethnic minorities. Electricity catalyzes rural economic activity and increases the quality of services available to meet basic business and domestic needs through improved lighting, labor-saving devices, and access to information through communications technologies. A key challenge to the off-grid appliance products market, and thus to related energy access goals, is the damage to the market caused by low-quality, energy-inefficient, cost-ineffective products. Such products spoil the end-user experience, creating another barrier to market development.
The Global LEAP Awards competition seeks to transform the worldwide market for off-grid energy products by recognizing, rewarding, and promoting the most efficient, highest quality low-voltage DC appliances. Trusted, cost-effective products can help foster robust, efficient off-grid appliance markets. Super-efficient off-grid products can lower end-users’ energy requirements and costs, thereby freeing up energy and capital for other uses and delivering significant economic development and social benefits.
The Global LEAP Awards has two categories of competition: low-voltage DC power system compatible LED room lights and flat panel color televisions. The nominations for the room lighting competition will close on October 11, 2013, and nominations for the television competition will close December 31, 2013. Winners will be announced at the 5th Clean Energy Ministerial in Seoul, South Korea in May, 2014.
CLASP seeks to contract a qualified expert or team of experts to advise on the Global LEAP Awards’ consideration of nominated products’ qualitative factors, particularly those factors most relevant to base of the economic pyramid (BoP) consumers. The advisor will provide recommendations on how Global LEAP Awards judges might evaluate qualitative product characteristics that impact BoP consumers (such as usability, innovative features and functions, design, usability, and ease of use) and how to best factor that evaluation into their judgment of Awards contestants.
Information on the background, objectives, scope of work, reporting, and timeframe for implementation of the project is provided below, along with instructions for proposal submission and evaluation.