On 23 July 2015, the Energy for Development team was pleased to be part of a Scottish Government Sustainability Event in which final reports and key studies were released for the Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP). See:
An MREAP 2 page Overview of Impacts provides some key highlights of the programme including:
- An estimated 78,875 people have benefited from improved access to energy
- MREAP created 46 new community energy projects & piloted 4 Strategic Energy Projects
- 1 new MPhil in Renewable Energy programme established at the Polytechnic
- An initial cohort of 13 students on track to complete their studies in 2015
- A Bankable Wind Energy Yield Analysis created and delivered to project stakeholders. This document supplies the Department of Energy Affairs with critical information to develop commercial scale wind in Malawi.
- Dedicated studies completed to support policy makers: Evaluation of off-grid community energy projects, pilot of a community energy toolkit, impact of solar PV on teacher satisfaction, policy options for community energy in Malawi
Supporting reports and studies are available from the MREAP documentation page.
The sustainability event provided the team with an excellent opportunity to present learning from the project to peers and the development community within Scotland and abroad.