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Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP)


Quality Assurance Framework for Mini-Grids

Quality Assurance Framework for Mini-Grids
Monday, November 14, 2016


Key Activities

  • Through its Outstanding Off-Grid Appliance Awards, the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) is helping to build sustainable markets for energy-efficient off-grid appliances. The quality-assured products will help create and sustain demand for technologies such as off-grid solar and make the most of the limited electricity that may be available to off-grid households and businesses.
  • Global LEAP supported the development of a global standard for solar light-emitting diode (LED) lanterns within the framework of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The new standard (IEC TS 62257-9-5) represents an important step that enables governments to harmonize their national standards with this international standard and will help pave the way for market expansion of quality-assured devices. The IEC has agreed to make the standard accessible to small and mid-sized enterprises in the energy access space at a discounted rate. Global LEAP is engaged with the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All effort to encourage the 70 “opt-in” governments to adopt the IEC standard for solar lanterns as a minimum standard in their markets.
  • Global LEAP is working with the Power Africa initiative to highlight the critical role of energy efficiency as an enabler of energy access.
  • Global LEAP continues to work to catalyze commercial markets, including by providing tools and resources to private-sector and civil society entities that deliver energy access solutions to unelectrified and under-electrified communities.
  • Global LEAP continues to support development of a network of qualified test laboratories, including two in India—one at The Energy and Resources Institute and another at India’s Solar Energy Center.


  • The inaugural Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Appliance Awards identified the world’s best, most energy-efficient off-grid color televisions and LED room-lighting appliances.
  • Global LEAP worked with partners at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Germany’s GIZ to convene a meeting of companies and development agencies to discuss the best roles for public-sector entities looking to support last-mile delivery of off-grid solar products. The meeting was held in Addis Ababa in December 2013; a summary is available.
  • Through support provided to Lighting Africa, Global LEAP has helped enable the sale of more than 5.5 million quality-assured off-grid lighting systems in Africa since the program began in 2009, benefitting more than 10 million individuals in more than 30 countries.
  • Global LEAP’s work to increase quality standards includes sponsoring research and analysis on developing a quality seal for off-grid lighting devices and supporting the development of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), an industry association that provides a framework for stakeholder engagement.