CAPACITY BUILDING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
CEM Members of staff are available to support a member organisation or communities in preparation, planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community renewable energy projects. We have expertise in Solar PV for Portable Water Pumping, Solar PV for lighting, Biogas, Small Wind Turbines, Solar and Hydro Mini Grids and Solar PV for Productive Uses
We also have well researched literature for references on practicality of renewable energy technologies (see Library).
We still maintain links with University of Strathclyde, Community Energy Scotland, IODPARC and Wind Empowerment as a repository of expertise which can be offered to organisations through
COMMUNITY PROJECT INDENTIFICATION, PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION
By working with 12 communities across 12 districts in Malawi under CEDP, we have mastered the art of working with communities to identify, plan and implement sustainable renewable energy projects that are responsive to people’s needs. We retain this skill to date and is available for the benefit of our members and communities. We also have a Toolkit on Renewable Energy for Malawi in Chichewa and English as a guide to projects implementation. We have aptly complemented on Government of Malawi efforts by filling the gap due to absence of District Level Energy Officers in line with decentralisation policy.
• CEM members of staff have developed expertise in Training Content Development and delivery having done this for the past since 2010.
• We have developed training materials relevant to community groups taking forward renewable energy projects in the following areas: Group Dynamics, Contractor/Community Relationships, installation supervision, Business Planning, Hands on Support to translate RE Projects into Business Plan , CBO Management -targeting CBO members. System use and maintenance, How to use RE Tool Kit.
• We are experienced in organising and conducting one day to 5 day trainings on various subjects relating to Community Energy
COMMUNITY ENERGY PLANING
At the core of this activity is to entrench Community Energy Planning within the recognised decentralisation structures of Village Action Planning (VAP), Area Development Planning (ADP) and District Development Planning (DDP) in line with the Malawi Decentralisation Policy. We therefore work with local authorities and relevant national government agencies to legitimise and gain support for local energy initiatives through the local structures. It is also advocacy in nature because it helps authorities to appreciate communities’ aspirations in energy and develop appropriate strategies for working with community groups.