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WASHTED for Sustainable Renewable Energy

Participants listening to a presentation Participants listening to a presentation - pic by Chrispine Msiska

The Centre for Water, Sanitation Health and Appropriate Technology Development (WASHTED) at the Malawi University of Business Studies and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) in conjunction with University of Strathclyde and Rural Energy Access through Social Enterprise (EASE) project partners, says there is need for collaborated effort to promote sustainable renewable technologies in marginalized rural communities in Malawi.

EASE Project Coordinator Kelvin M. Tembo, said this in Balaka on Tuesday during a workshop attended by MERA, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining and institutions of higher learning (MZUNI & MUST), local technicians and district officials from Balaka and Dedza.

The workshop was intended to provide learning and focused on producing evidence on deployment of sustainable solar mini-grids that enable economic development and improved livelihoods in rural communities.

The workshop aimed at demonstrating the value of District Energy Officers at district level to support effective roll out and implementation of energy programmes.

Tembo said the main purpose was to share, review and disseminate practical learning and research findings to a network of academics.

Also speaking at the event was Edgar Kapiza Bayani Executive director of Community energy Malawi who said solar energy has become more relevant in modern age and technologies must be promoted.

Ease project, started in April 2018 installing a 12 kWp minigrid at Mthembanji in Dedza providing electricity to more than 60 homes and small businesses and energy hub at Nakatale Irrigation scheme in Balaka to enhance agricultural production.

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