Malawi is one of the most energy-poor countries on the planet, with less than 20 percent of the population having access to a reliable source of electricity, and access remaining below 10 percent in rural areas. Because much of the country’s existing capacity comes from hydropower, persistent drought has further strained access.

Solution and Impact

DFC financing is supporting a 20MW solar photovoltaic power plant and battery energy storage system developed by Golomoti JCM Solar Corporation Limited. As the first utility-scale plant in the region to use a battery storage system, the project generates energy to the national grid for use by homes and businesses. Its capacity to store up to 10MW of energy is helping reduce the country’s frequent blackouts.

The project advances the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGI) by increasing renewable energy facilities and opportunities for Malawians.