Scotland to boost Malawi’s rural electricity

The Scottish Government is to donate almost £2 million to a climate-change programme aimed at providing sustainable, reliable electricity supplies in rural areas of Malawi.

The Scotland culture minister, Fiona Hyslop, said the Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme had been awarded more than £1.7m over three years to push forward the “climate justice” agenda by tackling poverty and climate change.

Malawian Children enjoying Solar generated light in Salima

The programme is lead by Strathclyde University, who are providing research technology and training.

A previous scheme in Malawi overseen by the university has delivered seven solar energy systems to schools, teachers’ homes, and health centres. In one school solar energy provided evening lighting for 180 pupils.

Ms Hyslop said: “We are working hard to help Malawians help themselves. The Scottish Government is a pioneer in climate justice and climate-change mitigation is at the heart of our agenda – this initiative supports both of those objectives.”

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