By Bertha Chirwa- Dedza – Malawi: President Dr Lazarus McCathy Chakwera has said that the new 20 megawatts JCM Golomoti Solar and Battery Charge Project fits perfectly with the country goal to add 1000 megawatts to the national grid by 2025.
President Chakwera has today inaugurated the JCM project in Dedza. The Solar and Battery Charge project is a clean, climate-smart, renewable and sustainable energy source.
“Together with other existing sources of power, this solar power project fits perfectly with our goal to add 1000 megawatts to the national grid by 2025,” said Chakwera.
The project is the largest renewable and sustainable energy source in sub Saharan Africa with 52,300 panels and a capacity of 50 gigawatts of clean energy for the next 30 years.
“We will continue making Malawi an attractive destination for private sector investment in the energy sector by creating a conducive environment for independent power producers (IPPs),” said Chakwera in his speech.
He said he was glad to learn that during construction of the project, JCM created employment for 500 locals and they expect to keep 20 of those as long-term staff for the whole span of the project.
In addition, Chakwera said the company is providing potable water to schools and hospitals and has constructed school blocks in the area.
“This is what serious investors must do when they come into our economy,” he said.