On Friday, the Governments of Malawi and the Peoples Republic of China signed an agreement for the supply of mobile solar power systems for Malawi’s health sector, allAfrica reported.

The agreement was signed at the Ministry of Finance in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe—The solar units are valued at US$10 million, and consist of 250 solar operated street lights and 533 mobile solar systems in the city’s financial and ministerial hub. Additional solar units were installed at various hospitals across the country.

With only 9% of the country having access to the national power grid, the solar systems will enable health facilities in remote communities that are not connected to the centralised power grid, to operate without an inadequate power supply.

Malawi

Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe showed appreciation for the Chinese contributions and the significant impact which the solar units will have on uplifting both the socio-economic and energy situation’s in the country.

‘On behalf of government and people of Malawi, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude for this donation which will go a long way in alleviating electricity challenges currently being faced by our rural health facilities’, Gondwe said.

With rural health facilities proving access to a basic human right, it is imperative that recipients of the units treat the solar system with care, use them correctly and avoid any abusive actions which could potentially cause irreversible damage.

China

Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Zhang Qingyang highlighted Malawi’s wealth of natural sunlight, an opportune environment for solar systems to be installed.

‘I believe these mobile solar systems will play an important role in improving the lives of the local people’, Qingyang said.

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl has been working in the African power, energy and water sectors since 2011, first with African Utility Week and now as the Editor of ESI Africa. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Global and African Power & Energy Elites publications. With her passion for sustainable business and placing African countries on the international stage, Nicolette takes a keen interest in current affairs and technology trends.