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RFI 1-18

Remote Performance Monitors and Sensors for Off-Grid Appliances

Introduction and Background

High quality, efficient, and off-grid appropriate appliances such as fans, TVs and refrigerators play an essential role in offering off-grid communities further benefits from their energy systems, as well as developing and sustaining the distributed clean energy market.

However, relatively little attention and financial investment have been applied to the research and development of larger-scale end-use appliances for off- and weak-grid household and enterprise consumers. The UK aid-funded Low Energy Inclusive Appliances program (LEIA) aims to address this gap and accelerate the availability, affordability, efficiency, and performance of a range of appliances particularly suited to off- and weak-grid contexts in developing countries.

The LEIA program is delivered through an international Efficiency for Access coalition currently chaired by UK aid and Power Africa, which includes a range of co-funders such as Lighting Global, Rockefeller Foundation, Shell Foundation, Sida, EnDev, Good Energies Foundation, and more. The Efficiency for Access Coalition is coordinated by CLASP, the leading international voice and resource for appliance energy efficiency policies and market acceleration initiatives, and the Energy Savings Trust, which specializes in energy efficiency product verification, data and insight, advice and research.

The LEIA program publically launched in January 2018 and the Efficiency for Access coalition is now scaling up and bringing together a range of support mechanisms to accelerate energy efficiency in clean energy access efforts, driving markets for super-efficient technologies, supporting innovation, and improving sector coordination.

The Opportunity

The LEIA program has a research mandate that includes consumer, market, impacts, and technical research activities. CLASP expects that many of these activities will incorporate assessment of appliance and equipment performance in field conditions. However, remote performance assessment presents a variety of technical and logistical challenges, and specialized devices are often required to ensure timely and accurate data collection. CLASP therefore intends to engage contractors as needed to supply and operate remote monitoring devices for use with a variety of appliances and equipment in a variety of geographic and environmental contexts across the life of the LEIA program.

Over the next 3-6 months CLASP intends to deploy remote monitoring devices to:

  • Track the performance of agricultural mills that are powered by solar panels and mini-grids.
  • Track energy and service performance of off-grid cold storage technologies deployed in a selection of African countries

It is also anticipated that there will be remote monitoring of solar water pumps and refrigerators.

Appliance Types

CLASP anticipates a need for remote monitoring devices capable of assessing the performance of some/all of the following appliances:

  • Televisions
  • Fans
  • Solar water pumps
  • Refrigerators and cold chain technologies
  • Agricultural machines (millers, threshers, grinders etc.)
  • Communications and connectivity platforms
  • Induction cookstoves

Note that other appliance types may be added to this list in the future.

Expected Remote Monitoring Capability Needs

CLASP anticipates that remote monitoring needs will focus on energy performance (e.g., energy consumption over time, instantaneous power consumption, supply voltage and current) and service delivery (e.g., temperature maintenance in refrigerators, flow rate in solar water pumps).

Specific remote monitoring needs (e.g., data logging & storage, measurement frequency) will vary from project to project. The purpose of this RFI is to collect information about the type(s) of instrumentation and remote monitoring capabilities your organization offers in order to match those needs to projects as they arise.

Priority Geographies

Regions: sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia

Countries: Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Prequalification will be conducted through the procedures as specified below in the Procurement Process Overview.


Interested parties must:

  1. Register as a CLASP Consulting Partner (click here to register).
  2. Complete the RFI Questionnaire using the online form (click here to complete the RFI Questionnaire )

It is recommended, but not mandatory, that interested parties:

  1. Complete the general LEIA Prequalification Questionnaire (PQQ) using the online form (click here to complete the PQQ) Note: Organizations that have already completed the LEIA PQQ do not need to complete it again

Click here to visit to the RFI Questionnaire. For more information, please contact Makena Ireri at mireri@clasp.ngo.

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