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Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (Malawi-REAP)

23rd February 2012

Following the Scottish Government's recent Press Release, IOD PARC are very pleased to announce that we are now working with the University of Strathclyde on the Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme. 

We would like to offer you a short summary of what this programme will entail.

Support Government of Malawi energy strategy by accelerating the growth of community and renewable energy development in Malawi through multiple, targeted and coordinated activities with good potential to provide a platform for that growth. 

The programme will include aspects of renewable energy development, community energy development, biomass strategy, rural electrification and underpinning institutional support and capacity building. These multiple sector development activities are organised as a coordinated single programme addressing the stated objective. 

A key focus of the programme will be the link between community energy and MDG progress. Specifically, the support mechanisms to empower disadvantaged Malawian communities to participate in addressing their own energy needs via sustainable energy solutions that deliver community wide development benefits, and also the systems and processes to monitor and evaluate the impact of these energy solutions with respect to the Malawian Growth and Development Strategy. 

The proposed programme has four main elements: 

1. Institutional Support Programme (lead partner IOD PARC
  • Undertake a comparative evaluation of off-grid energy management interventions and identify which are the most effective approaches overall, taking into account context, technical performance, cost effectiveness and social outcomes. 
  • Establish an inventory of off-grid installations and develop an M&E strategy in conjunction with the Community Energy Development Programme. 
  • Support renewable energy and climate change policy development and enhanced participation in international climate change mechanisms 

2. Community Energy Development Programme (lead partner Community Energy Scotland
  • Deliver a sustainable legacy of support mechanisms for community renewable energy in Malawi through the creation of a community energy support toolkit, support network and delivery organisation. 
  • Delivery of strategic community energy projects in different renewable energy technologies 
  • Establish an administered grant and loan facility for further community energy project development 
  • Implement M&E systems and processes and links to the national inventory 

3. Wind Energy Preparation Programme (lead partner Sgurr Energy
  • Initial feasibility study and capacity building with GoM Department of Energy Affairs regarding grid connected wind but with a consideration of the wider community benefits available from wind energy. 
  • Data collection at specific sites utilising 50-70m energy yield masts 
  • Detailed feasibility study for selected sites with specific focus on outlining further development process, best practice and recommendations for further work and studies 
  • Full ‘bankable’ level energy yield assessment and site classification for each selected site with a report suitable for presentation to potential investors/donors 

4. Renewable Energy Capacity Building Programme (lead partner UoM WASHted
  • Develop existing and new Malawi based Technician and Degree qualifications in renewable energy at both Mzuzu University and University of Malawi Polytechnic to improve the technical support capacity available to the community energy development programme 
  • Develop increased Malawian research capability and capacity for local postgraduate teaching with a focus on PhD study for Malawian academics linked to appropriate community energy projects 
  • Set up and support an energy entrepreneurship fund to attract graduates and others in the energy domain to undertake more risky business start up activity with a focus on technological innovation and community development in renewable energy 
  • Improve capability for monitoring and managing remote renewable energy installations initially focussing on supporting the community energy development programme
Further details are available on the MREAP website.