Malawi is one of the least electrified countries in the world. Only 18% of Malawi’s 18.14 million inhabitants have access to electricity (11.4% provided by the grid network; 6.6% provided through off-grid energy solutions).
Authored by Guy Cunliffe - Transforming Energy Access Learning Partnership (TEA-LP) has joined up with CESET as part of their Regional Energy Learning Alliance, with the objective of better connecting academia to communities to play a core, synergistic and proactive role in enabling the clean energy transition in Africa.
TEA-LP was generously invited by to participate at their Annual Workshop for 2022, held at Mzuzu University in Northern Malawi. We explored many potential avenues for collaborating further, particularly as TEA-LP scales up and CESET continues to strive to deliver impactful research in community energy settings in its core countries.
The workshop also included a field visit to the Chipopoma Hydro Mini-grid project - a 53 kW mini-grid developed by John Sailesi and funded by the UNDP at the Manchewe Falls for the Livingstonia community in Northern Malawi. You can read more about John Sailesi's experience here and see an interview he gave here.