Consumers urged to use appropriate sources of renewable energy

Written by  Martin Mbewe
Community Energy Malawi (CEM) in partnership with the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) and Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has urged people in the country to buy and use appropriate sources of renewable energy equipment. 
A display of renewable energy products A display of renewable energy products
Speaking during an awareness campaign on Renewable Energy Standards at Umbwi Secondary School in Dedza, Community Energy Malawi Development Officer Estrida Nyirenda said the campaign will help people in the country to buy standard and certified sources of renewable energy. 
“As Community Energy Malawi, we find it wise that we should come up with this initiative after we realize that most of the products on the market are not original and some of the installations are not legal. This will help in improving economy of the country as people will be buying solar products which are original and always original products last longer. Therefore, people will be able save money that could have been used to buy the same product now and again due to its fakeness,” said Nyirenda. 
She also added that people should find certified installers accredited by the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) to install the renewable energy. 
Commenting on the matter, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) Senior Renewable Energy Specialist Wilfred Kasakula said using substandard and uncertified sources of renewable energy is very dangerous because they are likely to cause accidents.
“It is very important for Malawians to know that for them to have reliable renewable energy, they must use certified installers who have been licensed by MERA because we are the ones who have the legal mandate. And if anything goes wrong with the installer, they can easily come to us at MERA and be able to follow the installer on their behalf,” said Kasakula.
He also urged people to buy products which comply with the standards by MERA in collaboration with the Malawi Bureau Standards (MBS).
Community Energy Malawi receives funding from the University of Strathclyde under the Scottish Government.

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