The Scot-Govt. has provided a further £100,000 to help Community Energy Malawi, in partnership with Strathclyde University, to continue its support for 43 Scottish Government-funded community energy installations in 12 districts across Malawi up to the end of April 2017.
It will also enable on-going training for these communities in the operation and maintenance of these systems with a view to improving their future sustainability.
International Development Minister Alasdair Allan explained: “This funding for Community Energy Malawi will allow them to continue their work of supporting community-level energy access. We know this can transform some of the poorest areas by ensuring equipped hospitals, functioning schools and thriving communities.
“This will make a big difference to Malawian communities, helping children to study in the evenings, ensuring the safe delivery of babies at night, and providing a source of energy for communities to earn an income.”
Aran Eales of the Energy for Development Group within the University of Strathclyde, said: “It’s relatively straightforward to install a solar PV system with grant funding.
“The difficulty comes in embedding the system within a community to help them learn how to look after it, as well as maximising the social and economic benefits for all members of the community over the lifetime of the project. CEM’s focus on sustainability is much needed in Malawi and their work will have wide impacts across the country’s renewable energy sector.”