Glasgow-based renewable energy consultancy SgurrEnergy is being funded by the Scottish Government to design and implement a hydroelectric scheme in Malawi, delivering renewable energy to an off-grid community without a reliable source of power.
The three year project will entail managing the design and installation of a 100kW hydroelectric scheme in Mulanje, as well as a community education programme to provide skills for the operation and maintenance of the technology.
This development will reduce the amount of imported fuel consumed by costly diesel generators and will benefit local industry and schools. The local medical clinic will, for the first time, be able to use refrigerators and sterilisers, and be able to administer medical care after sunset using the clean energy produced by the scheme
Working in tandem with partners in Malawi – Mulanje Electricity Generation Authority (MEGA) and Practical Action and Mulanje Renewable Energy Agency (MuREA) – the project will transform the lives of over 1,000 villagers in Mulanje, by providing direct access to clean energy.
Humza Yousaf, MSP, the Scottish Government’s Foreign Affairs Minister, said: “Helping remote communities in Malawi to access energy is important for the future of the country.
“We might take electricity for granted but a reliable, cost effective and clean power source enables medics to treat patients safely and will help school students study after dark.
“In addition, the skills and training of local people in Malawi will provide a legacy for the project far beyond just this one location. The project builds on the special relationship between Scotland and Malawi, making a real difference to people’s lives. We are proud to support SgurrEnergy’s work in Malawi.”
Paul Mankey, civil engineering team leader at SgurrEnergy, said: “A project like this will make a huge difference to the lives of the people living in Mulanje. We are delighted to be providing expertise on this project and we are looking forward to bringing this worthwhile project to fruition.”