Currently only 18% of Malawians are connected to the national grid. Installing power lines to rural areas is not financially viable as not enough customers can afford to pay electricity bills. Renewable energy solutions double access to education as people study at night. Renewables open the doors to many for businesses that otherwise need to be located next to cities, increasing Malawi’s infrastructure. As countries develop it is hugely important they expand without dependence on fossil fuels.
LSU working with FIREFLY CLEAN ENERGY have been able to provide solar power at Mkunkhu school, giving learners light and enabling computer classes and adult literacy. LSU is working with the community to help it create revenue from the solar power to buy school equipment and help the school to sustainability.
“Kerosene lamps emit black carbon – the second largest climate warmer, 270,000 tons of black carbon is emitted each year, having a warming equivalent close to 240 million tons of CO₂. That’s about 4.5% of the United States’ CO₂ emissions, and 12% of India’s”
“The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy”
90% of Malawi’s population of 16 million people live without access to power. The environment is pitch black after 6pm so it is only possible to study if it is by candle light which is relatively expensive and can be dangerous. No access electricity means most Malawian people have no access to technology or the internet.
How we work
By installing solar power at the school, children can learn computer skills. Men and women are able to study at night, and teachers can plan lessons. The school is able to generate revenue through solar phone charging and a barbers shop enabling the school to pay its volunteer teachers and provide study materials. Educational screenings will give access to education around the world.
Looking Towards The Future
We are fundraising for a solar powered pump which will power the drip irrigation system for the crops, and a solar maize mill will provide extra income for the community. The school will be entirely self sustainable and the community educated and empowered.
- Adults who spend their days working in the fields can learn in the evenings
- Business will be directly attracted to sources of power boosting a community’s status and economic power
- Better teachers will be attracted to the school as a result of better resources and access to computers
- Solar lights are taken home and used by children to do their homework after dark
- Solar lights reduce the need for dirty fuels such as kerosene lamps
- Renewables reduce carbon emissions and increase familiarity with alternatives to fossil fuels
- £50 provides solar lights for 20 people so who can read and write at night
- £100 provides a solar mobile phone charging setup
- £500 provides a basic solar water pump for a farmer
- £1,000 Provides enough power unit to run a basic mechanic yard
How you can get involved
We believe in partnerships and the power of connection. By working together and through creating opportunities which benefit individuals, organisations communities and influence global trends and policies we succeed in empowering communities in poverty.