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Projects

For Green, Localised, Inclusive and Decentralised Energy (MALAWI GLIDE)
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
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.
FUNDER
Hivos
LOCATION
Balaka, Chitipa and Ntchisi districts

<strongDURATION
2017 to 2020



Powering Isolated Territories with Hydrogen Power Systems (PITCHES)
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
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
FUNDER
Innovate UK
PARTNERS
ITM Power Shapnsay Development Trust, CES, European Marine Energy Centre, Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, Oversees Dev Inst.
LOCATION
UK, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya
<strongDURATION
2017 to 2019

 

 

FSitolo 45Kw Solar Micro Grid
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
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
FUNDER
UNDP
PARTNERS
Community Energy Scotland (CES), Mchinji District Council
LOCATION
Mchinji, Malawi
<strongDURATION
2017 to 2020

 


CEDP Extension Project
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
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.
FUNDER
Scottish Government
PARTNERS
University of Strathclyde, Scotland
LOCATION
12 districts across Malawi
<strongDURATION
2017 to 2018

 


capacity of a local management structure to run an innovative and sustainable solar powered minigrid
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
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
FUNDER
Scottish Government
PARTNERS
University of Strathclyde, Scotland
LOCATION
Sitolo, Ndawambe, Faifi and Kaluzeze in the Mchinji District of Malawi.
<strongDURATION
2017 to 2018

 

Governance Structures

CEM Is has three governance structures as follows:
1. General Assembly: Constitution of all paid up members of Community Energy Malawi which is the supreme body that makes general decisions of the organisation. The General Assembly is supposed to take place once a year even though Extra Ordinary General Assemblies can be called depending on issues at hand.
2. Board of Directors: This has delegated powers of the General Assembly to direct policy and have oversight role of secretariat. The Board meets quarterly and in some instances they meet adhoc. The Board has subcommittees on: 1) Finance and Audit, 2) Appointments and Disciplinary and 3) Projects. It is currently chaired by Mr. Kelvin Tembo.
3. Secretariat: This is the hub of all CEM operations headed by the Country Director and is located in Area 14, Lilongwe. Among others it is responsible for management of all funding and partnership agreements. It directly reports to the Board and has departments of: Finance and Administration, Operations (Programmes) and Monitoring & Learning Unit. Secretariat also supervises Regional Offices.

History of CEM

We started our operations in 2011 as Community Energy Development Programme (CEDP). This was a strand of the Scottish Government funded Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP). It was line managed by Community Energy Scotland (CES). As CEDP, our focus was on developing practical models of increasing access to sustainable energy sources for the last mile.
The programme had three streams being: CEDP1: Community Energy Support Toolkit and Network CEDP2: Strategic Community Energy Projects CEDP3: Community Renewable Funding Facility Our work was piloted in 12 Communities under 12 CBOs in the 12 districts of Chitipa, Mzimba, Likoma, Nkhotakota, Dowa, Ntchisi, Lilongwe, Balaka, Machinga, Neno, Phalombe and Nsanje. During this period, the Scottish Government, Community Energy Scotland, University of Strathclyde, Department of Energy (Malawi) and UNDP among others, offered financial and technical support to CEDP. A total of 46 Projects comprising solar PVs installations, cook stoves production and 9 solar lantern social enterprises were successfully implemented in these areas reaching a total of 20,439 beneficiaries. Among others, the process evaluation of the programme revealed that following installation of PVs on a Health Centre, 378 healthy babies were born in a conducive environment. 465 Solar Lanterns of various sizes were sold. For educational attainment, the overall trend is that performance in the examinations is gradually improving in CEDP-targeted schools and that lighting does make a difference to a teacher’s job satisfaction. CEDP has modestly supported the country’s push for improved cook stoves nationwide by setting up producer groups and selling 325 cook stoves in the first 6 months.
In summation, the evaluation report, observes that CEDP projects have contributed to building human capital improvements in terms of health, education, knowledge and skills. Solar PV installations in educational institutions and solar water pumps have produced the greatest increase in social capital through improvements in trust, decision making and leadership. Solar PV installations and solar lanterns also increased the network and connection assets through mobile phone charging facilities. Cook stove projects singularly contributed to the increase in natural assets of forestry and both solar lanterns and cook stoves provided immediate benefits to levels of financial capital in terms of savings and access to credit.
CEM is a product of this good work and was established on the vision of the Strategic Energy Partners (SEPs) under the MREAP. These are Concern Universal, Mulanje Renewable Energy Agency (MUREA), Community Energy Scotland (CES), Mzuzu University and UoM Polytechnic’s WASHTED Centre. This was after a scoping study conducted by University of Strathclyde (UoS), Project Managers of MREAP and other organisations, which among others revealed that the absence of a strong network of renewable energy players affects the development of the community energy sector in Malawi.

CAPACITY BUILDING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

CEM Members of staff are available to support a member organisation or communities in preparation, planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community renewable energy projects. We have expertise in Solar PV for Portable Water Pumping, Solar PV for lighting, Biogas, Small Wind Turbines, Solar and Hydro Mini Grids and Solar PV for Productive Uses We also have well researched literature for references on practicality of renewable energy technologies (see Library). We still maintain links with University of Strathclyde, Community Energy Scotland, IODPARC and Wind Empowerment as a repository of expertise which can be offered to organisations through
COMMUNITY PROJECT INDENTIFICATION, PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION
By working with 12 communities across 12 districts in Malawi under CEDP, we have mastered the art of working with communities to identify, plan and implement sustainable renewable energy projects that are responsive to people’s needs. We retain this skill to date and is available for the benefit of our members and communities. We also have a Toolkit on Renewable Energy for Malawi in Chichewa and English as a guide to projects implementation. We have aptly complemented on Government of Malawi efforts by filling the gap due to absence of District Level Energy Officers in line with decentralisation policy.
COMMUNITY TRAININGS
• CEM members of staff have developed expertise in Training Content Development and delivery having done this for the past since 2010. • We have developed training materials relevant to community groups taking forward renewable energy projects in the following areas: Group Dynamics, Contractor/Community Relationships, installation supervision, Business Planning, Hands on Support to translate RE Projects into Business Plan , CBO Management -targeting CBO members. System use and maintenance, How to use RE Tool Kit. • We are experienced in organising and conducting one day to 5 day trainings on various subjects relating to Community Energy
COMMUNITY ENERGY PLANING At the core of this activity is to entrench Community Energy Planning within the recognised decentralisation structures of Village Action Planning (VAP), Area Development Planning (ADP) and District Development Planning (DDP) in line with the Malawi Decentralisation Policy. We therefore work with local authorities and relevant national government agencies to legitimise and gain support for local energy initiatives through the local structures. It is also advocacy in nature because it helps authorities to appreciate communities’ aspirations in energy and develop appropriate strategies for working with community groups.