Malawi for Green, Localised, Inclusive and Decentralised Energy (MALAWI GLIDE)

Malawi GLIDE is an advocacy oriented project co created with HIVOS under the Green and Inclusive Energy (GIE) Programme targeting Malawi, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania. In Malawi the programme has the following consortium members, RENAMA, Malawi Health Equity Network, National Association of Business Women (NABW) and Youth Network and Counselling (YONECO). On the part of CEM the projects aims at influencing the planning and implementation of energy in nexus with other development priorities under the District Development Planning and Budgetary Process of Malawi.

Powering Isolated Territories with Hydrogen Power Systems (PITCHES)

MPITCHES is PITCHES builds onthe 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. The overall objective of PITCHES is to demonstrate (At MW scale) that existing hydrogen energy production and storage systems can be used to develop a new energy system to meet transport, electricity and heating needs of remote communities, showing that hydrogen based energy systems have the potential to reduce reliance on imported fuels, reduce carbon emissions, and in future as the technology develops, to reduce energy costs.      The PITCHES element of the project will explore the replicability of such systems to isolated, off-grid communities, including in Sub Saharan Africa, by testing configurations of the system, and identifying business models which best suit off-grid communities in developing countries. In the developing world, there are many remote communities with little or no grid access – the Energy Africa campaign estimates that 70% of the Sub-Saharan population is without electricity access, and 50% of businesses there view a lack of reliable power as a major barrier to business. Whilst other energy storage technologies, such as batteries, may be more suitable for the smallest communities, integrated hydrogen systems have potential to support medium sized communities with mini-grids, and also the potential in future to support nascent enterprises and industries through providing local transport fuel

Sitolo 45Kw Solar Micro Grid

Sitolo 45Kw Micro grid is the first phase of the Timely Initiative for Whole Access to Localised Energy (Tiwale-Let us Shine) Project. The overall objective of the project is to connect 880 households and provide energy for productive uses of metal workshop, milk chilling, maize milling, irrigation and other small scale business in the 4 villages of Ndawambe, Chisenga,Molosiyo and Sitolo that make up the Sitolo community. UNDP has so far provided the first phase funding that will connect 100 households in April 2018. The project will be on Build-Own and Operate Model where building and ownership is for Community Energy Malawi and operation will be through a vehicle CEM Trading Limited. The second phase will scale the micro grid to 120Kw and will connect a further 150 households and provide energy for maize milling, milk chilling and metal workshop as per the needs of the community. The third phase targets connection of the remaining 600 plus households in the other villages comprising Sitilo community

CEDP Extension Project

Between 2011 and 2015, a total of 46 projects in solar for lighting, solar for potable water pumping, selling of solar lanterns and cook stove making were implemented in 12 districts across Malawi. The programme was called Community Energy Development Programme (CEDP) and it has created a model for planning and implementing Renewable Enegry projects. The Scottish government in line with its newly adopted International Development Strategy, is keen on leaving a legacy and though the CEDP phased out in 2015, they have been supporting CEM to continue monitoring the projects. In the process, more lessons have been drawn that are informing the development of more models for increasing access to renewable energy.

Capacity of a local management structure to run an innovative and sustainable solar powered minigrid

Climate Justice Innovation Fund has awarded Community Energy Malawi and Community Energy Scotland 100,000 pounds to set up and build the capacity of a local management structure to run an innovative and sustainable solar powered minigrid with a commercial model to ensure the long term sustainability of the Sitolo mini grid for supplying electricity to homes, schools and local businesses. This project will work with 250 households in a remote rural community of four villages: Sitolo, Ndawambe, Faifi and Kaluzeze in the Mchinji District of Malawi. The project will build community resilience, strengthen local agriculture and local enterprise through a sustainable solar powered minigrid initiative. The project will also build local enterprise capacity, skills and knowledge to enable the use of this electricity to stimulate local economic development and build community resilience, particularly among disadvantaged women, young people and among farmers (both men and women). The CES and CEM have a strong shared goal of supporting community organisations to benefit from engaging in developing renewable energy initiatives and in tackling poverty and disadvantage through energy related initiatives