The Ministry of Energy through the Malawi Electricity Access Project (MEAP) has today signed agreements with five off-grid solar companies that will see 200 thousand households have access to electricity.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Blantyre, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Engineer Alfonso Chikuni, said the agreement will facilitate the distribution and sale of solar products across the country.
‘This project will advance sustainable and inclusive energy access in Malawi,” said Chikuni.
On his part, the World Bank (MEAP) Project Task Team Lead, Hengjia Meng, said the project was an exciting opportunity for more Malawians to have electricity adding that it was sad that only 12 percent of Malawians have access to electricity which is very low compared to neighbouring countries.
The $20 million (K21.8 billion) World Bank-funded project is expected to provide electricity to 200 thousand low-income homes across the country.
Reported by Kumbukani Phiri.
Photo: Representative of Yellow Solar Company and PS Energy, Alfonso Chikoni, during the signing ceremony.