SolarWorks! Malawi has partnered with USAID to increase the number of people using off the grid electricity in the southern African country.
The relationship is in form of a grant worth US$2million which has been given to run for three-years.
USAID announced plans to launch a catalytic ‘Solar House System Kick-Starter Program’ in Malawi to grow the SHS market through their Southern Africa Energy Programme (SAEP).
The program aims to tackle the perceived barriers of small market size and limited affordability and Malawi got the grant following a rigorous evaluation process.
Karuna Phillips, Country Director for SolarWorks! Malawi commenting on the news of the grant said: “We know what a difference the Kickstarter Program will make for our customers. This grant will further our ability to expand our operations ensuring more energy connections for Malawians. Our team is honored and excited to have been selected.”
According to the Malawi Population Census of 2018 only 11 percent have access to electricity with only three percent in the rural areas.
As an off-the-shelf, leapfrog technology that has been implemented with remarkable success across Sub-Saharan Africa, boxed SHS presents a unique opportunity to meet this ambitious goal.
Local and international private sector banks and financiers –National Bank of Malawi, Sun Funder, Standard bank grp, FDHMalawi, Lion’s Head Global Partners and Kuwa Capital – will contribute working capital.
SolarWorks! Malawi was incorporated in Malawi in late 2018 and became the first for-profit international PAYGo player to sell modular Solar Home Systems and accessories in the country. The team brings together entrepreneurial expertise and an experienced local team.