Renewable Energy

Around 90% of Malawi’s population live without access to power, which prevents learning, business and communications. Evening​ study relies on​ candlelight, and reliance on this, or generators, is expensive and unsustainable. Solar panels provide a renewable energy that uses what Malawi has lots of - sunshine!

As countries develop it’s important they do so independently of fossil fuels. LSU believes in renewable energy, and is currently installing solar power at Tilinanu, as it has done so in Mkunkhu at the Sustainable School, all thanks to Firefly Energy, now Tangent Energy.

“The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy”

The Challenge

​It gets dark at 6pm so​ is ​only​ possible to study ​by candle light which is relatively expensive and can be dangerous.

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.

Most people have no access to technology or the internet due to lack of power.

How we work

By installing solar power for the communities we work with, facilitating evening study and ability to generate revenue through solar phone charging. 

Looking Towards The Future

Increasing the use of solar power across the sites of our projects as part of our sustainable model.


  • 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.
  • £10,000 provides a solar system that can power a school
  • £15,000 provides solar power for a school, clinic and community centre



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.

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