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Low Energy Inclusive Appliances programme (LEIA)

The Low Energy Inclusive Appliances programme (LEIA) aims to accelerate the availability, affordability, efficiency and performance of a range of low energy inclusive appliances, particularly appliances suited for use in lesser developed countries. This includes technologies such as off-grid refrigeration, solar water pumps, fans and televisions.

LEIA will support market, consumer and impacts, as well as the research into technology that furthers the programme’s goal to double the efficiency and halve the costs of these off- and weak-grid technologies. This includes research to better understand the market opportunities and challenges.

The LEIA programme is a five year programme that is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and delivered jointly by the Energy Saving Trust, which specialises in energy efficiency product verification, data and insight, advice and research, and CLASP, an international appliance energy efficiency and market development specialist not-for-profit organisation.

Efficiency for Access

A significant aspect of LEIA’s mandate is to manage a coalition of international donors – the Efficiency for Access coalition, which is convened by the UK Aid and USAID Power Africa. It involves a range of co-funders including DFID, USAID Power Africa, Energising Development (EnDev), ESMAP, Good Energies Foundation, IFC, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Shell Foundation, Sida and the World Bank.

The Efficiency for Access coalition is coordinated jointly by the Energy Saving Trust and CLASP.

Request for proposals

Study on Native and Non-native Mode Operation of Off-Grid Appliances

Energy Saving Trust, on behalf of the Efficiency for Access Coalition, is seeking requests for proposal from consultants and test houses with experience in the off-grid sector, and in power consumption measurements using power converters.

Energy Saving Trust is commissioning a study exploring how the efficiency, performance and durability of appliances is affected by operation outside of their ‘native’ mode of DC or AC, how this compares to native mode operation, and what the cost differences are (both capital and operational). 

Cases have been observed where a DC or AC appliance may be available to an end-user, in combination with various electricity supply options which may or may not be directly compatible with the appliance. 

This project seeks to inform the Efficiency for Access Coalition’s aim of supporting the market for efficient, low-cost, appliances compatible with distributed energy systems.

Download the request for proposals below:

Read a detailed overview of the study here. Full terms of reference for applicants available here.

You can upload your proposal here.

International Aid Transparency Initiative

In accordance with the requirements of transparency from DFID, Energy Saving Trust have published all relevant data on to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) website. You can find this data here.

Pre-qualification questionnaire

Consulting services will be required throughout the lifetime of the LEIA programme. Energy Saving Trust and CLASP will aim to create a framework of contractors and consultants who will contribute to and support various aspects of the programme delivery.

You can find the full list of consulting services and technology expertise areas, and complete the prequalification questionnaire here.

Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund

The Efficiency for Access (EforA) Coalition, with anchor funding from UK Aid, is investing in Research and Development (R&D) projects over the next four years that are focused on improving appliances in off- and weak grid environments. 

The EforA Research and Development Fund is particularly interested in projects which lead to the acceleration of availability, affordability, efficiency and performance of a range of Low Energy Inclusive Appliances that are particularly suited to developing country contexts and promote social inclusion.

The Efficiency for Access Coalition Research and Development Fund is now live. The first call for applications went live on the 15th Nov and open to all organisations until 16th Jan 2019 at midnight (GMT). The first round of the fund is valued at least £1 million.

This is part of the Efficiency for Access Coalition’s programme of activities to support and accelerate innovation in off-grid and weak grid appliances. To find out more about the eligibility and funding criteria, application process, and timeline, please visit Efficiency for Access.