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CEM Impressed As GIE Malawi Partners Meet in Lilongwe

As a way of continuing working together in the Hivos supported Green and Inclusive Energy (GIE) project, the Malawi consortium met in Lilongwe on September 4, 2018 to find a way forward on how they can work together for continual success of the project.

The consortium, which is being coordinated by Renew’N’Able Malawi (RENAMA), was also attended by other four partners, Community Energy Malawi (CEM)), National Association of Business Women (NABW), Youth and Net Counselling (YONECO) and Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN).

With partners now fully engaged in various GIE activities, it was time to meet and strategize on, among others, working together which will insure the impact of the interventions reach out to the utmost number of people. GIE is an advocacy project, it therefore needs partners to combine their efforts.

Speaking after the meeting, CEM’s District Energy Officer for Chitipa, Chawezi Gondwe, said that the meeting has been beneficial to the organization. He further observed that even the whole consortium has managed to strike a common understanding.

“This was a success. As partners we have come up with combined efforts and this is very important if we have to reach out to the possible maximum number of people,” he said.

GIE is being implemented in Malawi from 2016 and it will run up to 2020. CEM has three main objectives: First, influence the mainstreaming of GIE policies and activities at both district and national levels. Second, improve knowledge on the advantages attached to use of green and inclusive technologies. Third, influence national level energy policy and regulatory frameworks to reflect and prioritize energy requirements for attaining SE4ALL and SDGs.

CEM Attends Balaka District Executive Council Meeting

Showing solidarity in developmental activities happening in Balaka district, Community Energy Malawi (CEM) was part of the district's August 21, 2018 District Executive Council (DEC) meeting. The council converged through the request of Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social welfare whose officials in the Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS were presenting on the new Nutrition policy.

There were several other organizations who were present, among them, Eagles Relief, who are also making intervention on Energy in the district through their soon to be rolled out project. 6, 000 tree seedlings are about to be planted by the organization.

CEM has been working in the district for six years now. Balaka was the organization’s first project beneficiary in its first project. To this day, the two have been in a very good working relationship with the organization planning even more for the district.

According to CEM’s District Energy Officer (DEO) for Balaka, Louis Yona, the organization is currently implementing Malawi Green Localized Inclusive and Decentralized Energy (GLIDE) and Barrier Removal for Energy Access projects in the district. Malawi GLIDE is being supported by Hivos under the Green and Inclusive Energy (GIE) Malawi partnership project while the Barrier Removal for Energy Access is being supported by the Scottish Government.

Among others, Malawi GLIDE project aims at advising district council technocrats on energy interventions while the Barrier Removal for Energy Access works to blueprint district energy officers since there is none in the district to, for example, train district energy extension officers.

To highlight on the immediate project being done by CEM in liaison with the council, Yona said that the LIGHT Balaka initiative is in the offing.

“We are working with the council to make sure that the district has solar powered street lights. Discussions are now underway and we are hoping to see no night in Balaka town," he said.

CEM Cements Relationship With Partner Organization, CES

Just like on any other day, Community Energy Malawi (CEM), met with its partner organization, Community Energy Scotland (CES) on Friday, September 1, 2018 to further discuss on how they can continue working together. The meeting took place at CEM’s offices in Lilongwe. In a partnership that is now six years, the two organizations shared ideas on how to further work together.

The meeting had all CEM staff members led by its Country Director, Edgar Kapiza Bayani with CES being represented by Mark Hull, Rona MacKay and Gillian Wilson. Led by CEM, the three went and visited some projects across the country like in Nya Mvuu and Mandrade Energy Kiosk in Chikwawa, Kasangazi Mini Hydro in Mzimba and Sitolo in Mchinji where CEM is about to roll out another Mini Grid.

Presently, the two organizations are about to collaborate in the Powering Isolated Territories with Hydrogen Power Systems (PITCHES) project. The project aims to integrate with the pre-existing Surf ‘n’ Turf and BIG HIT projects in Orkney as a basis for assessing the market potential for renewable hydrogen systems serving remote communities, including those in sub-Saharan Africa, Malawi in particular.

Speaking during the meeting, Mark Hull recognized the cordial relationship that has existed over the years between the two organizations. He also praised CEM's capacity in delivering its projects and predicted a bright future in other coming project partnerships. In conclusion, Mark said that the two will continue working together, especially in the recent PITCHES project for Malawi to explore the potential of renewable hydrogen systems.

12 Megawatts (MW) added to Nkula A on trial.

With just two months to go before the $350.7 million (about K257 billion) energy compact winds up, Millenium Challenge Account - Malawi (MCA - M), a local implementing agency, has said that works are within schedule with 12 MW already added to the national power grid. The five year grant provided by the US Government will see Malawi revamping its energy sector through rehabilitation of Nkula A and modernization of transmission and distribution lines to enhance electricity supply. It is expected that all the substations and new lines, plus works at Nkula A and other sites to be completed on  20 September, according to Zilani Khonje, MCA - M Communications and Outreach Director. 

(Source: The Nation newspaper, 20th July, 2018, pages 13 - 14)

CEM attended Nsamala ADC meeting on 27 September 2017 in Balaka.in this meeting community energy Malawi (CEM) helped the community to be thinking of energy as a priority doing their Village Area Planning manual.in this ADC they have many schools without electricity as CEM advised them to start thinking of solar energy as a major solution energy solution.

 

This is Ntengachako irrigation scheme in Balaka, in this scheme they use small treadle pumps. CEM visited it and adviced the irrigation scheme members to buy a solar water pumping system for it will be saving time and energy for members for other developments.