RAISING AWARENESS ON POTENTIAL OF RENEWABLE ENERGY
This service focuses on active citizenship in tandem with SE4All and our mission of “helping communities generate sustainable energy solutions to meet their energy needs”. CEM aims at potentially developing grassroots advocacy on community led energy projects and their corresponding right to decide what best suits them. At the centre of this service is building capacity of communities and their extension workers to effectively utilize the CEM Tool Kit in planning, implementation, and monitoring community energy projects. We will also seek to build networks between communities and service providers e.g. installers, suppliers, consumer rights groups etc to ensure that only appropriate technologies are promoted. We will also introduce use of ICT on top of the current use of Newsletters for documentation and sharing information (success stories and approaches) as well as enhancing transparency and accountability.
Some notable achievements
USE OF MOBILE VANS AND ROAD SIDE MARKETING
Through a partnership with MAEVE under the Energising Development Project, we are conducting sensitisation campaigns in Solar PICO Products and Chitetezo Mbaula. In this way we are able to reach the masses with sensitisation message on recommended PV products and effective utilisation of cook stoves. Our officers stop on roadside markets even at night to do market solar pico products technology.
We organise excursions for communities by taking them to appreciate how other communities are managing Renewable Energy projects. Under CEDP 12 Communities from 12 Districts were taken to other communities to appreciate how Renewable Energy Technologies are managed and helping to change their lives.
TRAININGS ON HOW TO USE TOOLKIT
We also have a Toolkit for Renewable Energy Technologies for Malawi in both Chichewa and English which is distributed to communities and is available on this website to guide communities or organisations doing Renewable Energy Projects (provide link to tool kit). We do this by engaging with communities in a process of energy needs assessments/energy audits and making available to them a list of available renewable energy technologies with their advantages and disadvantages.