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).
We heard from the following projects – click on the links to watch on the YouTube CESET playlist:
The presentations gave an overview of the system; how they supported agriculture, other ways of income generation and socio-economic development of rural communities; how many household/customers they provided for; connection fees and tariffs and the need for onsite technical expertise.
This was followed by a Q/A session that explored the role of the community in the CES projects, the challenges with the tariff, and the provocation that community energy projects are unsustainable. Questions included: