Malawi Govt’s engagement in the implementation of EASE project excites Frame

By Chisomo Phiri

Energy Access through Social Enterprise (EASE) Project Lead Researcher and Manager from University of Strathclyde in Scotland, Danien Frame has expressed excitement with Malawi Government’s  engagement in the implementation of EASE project in the country

The EASE project,which is being done in Balaka and Dedza districts is aimed at addressing Sustainable Development Goals 7(SDG7) by increasing access to sustainable energy in rural communities.

Damien Frame

The project is being implemented by Community Energy Malawi in partnership with the University of Strathclyde Engineering, Self Help Africa and WASHTED with support from the Scottish Government.

Speaking at the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) on Thursday during the project’s dissemination, Frame said :“To see the level of engagement from both the government and all players, including the community, is encouraging, as communities have embraced the use of the potable solar products, renewable energy and many more,” he said.

On his part, Founder and Country Director for Community Energy Malawi(CEM) Edgar Kapiza Bayani,said  through the EASE project, they have been able to demonstrate the role of renewables in meeting energy needs of the communities.

“Within this angle, we managed to develop a solar energy hub at Njobvuyalema Village in Sub Traditional Authority (STA) Chakanza specifically to power cold storage as well as irrigation farming among the communities,” said Bayani.

He added that since the installation of the energy hub, there has been an increase of people accessing clean electricity in both Balaka and Dedza districts, and about 12 households, business places and learners are easily accessing the electricity.