2 organizations are sensitizing communities on renewable energy sources being the future for Malawi.
Cooperative Enterprise Pathways for Economic and Environmental Sustainability in Malawi Project (CEPEESM) with Community Energy Malawi are on a campaign to inform the general public by targeting people in cooperatives.
The organizations are drilling people with the idea of solar power energy for lighting, which is inconsistent in the country and has led to a lot of people disposing of goods and losing money due to no or less production.
Solar energy source is also being emphasized in irrigation farming.
Apart from these, communities are being encouraged to use solar energy to pump water from sources like boreholes and transfer it to a larger population.
CEPEESM Projects Manager, John Mulangeni says after 50 years since independence a lot of people do not have electricity power.
“When a country has enough power it is easier for investors to come and invest in various fields and this directly profits the country.
“Reliable sources of energy allows companies to manufacture enough products and this contributes heavily in the progression of a nation through exports,” explained Mulangeni.
Besides solar panels, the organization is currently selling solar lambs to rural communities at a giveaway prices to accommodate struggling Malawians.
At the same time compliment government’s efforts of achieving Sustainable Development Goal number seven which speaks of the energy sector and ensure that a good number of the population is connected with electricity.
Globally, the number of people having access to electricity has improved from 79 percent in 2000 to 85 percent in 2012 but still over 1.1 billion people are without this valuable service.