This is a solar powered mini-grid that has been installed in Sitolo village in Mchinji. It has an installed capacity of 80kW and is currently supplying electricity to 149 households and businesses. The mini-grid was commissioned in November, 2019 and officially launched by Honorable Minister of Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Hon Binton Kuntsaira, MP on 23rd December 2019. The project has been implemented under Increasing Access to Clean and Affordable Energy Services (IACADES) project under the Department of Energy Affairs with funding from UNDP and GEF and co-funded by Community Energy Scotland. The implementing partner for this project is Community Energy Malawi (CEM). CEM is a Malawian registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) established as an output of the Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP), a Scottish Government funded renewable energy project. CEM under its subsidiary, Community Energy Malawi Trading (CEM Trading) is operating the mini-grid. Sitolo Village is 18km from the nearest national electricity grid infrastructure.

The project is being implemented in phases. The pilot phase has been implemented with funding from the UNDP and GEF. There are plans to extend the grid to two neighboring villages namely Molosiyo and Ndawambe using IACADES project and MAREP resources. CEM Trading will be sourcing finances to implement phases two and three that will increase capacity to 400 kW. All the production shall be centralized; operating from the chosen location. Power will be distributed direct to user’s property through distribution lines.