Malawi looks to wind for energy solution

MALAWI: Malawi's Ministry of Energy and Mining has invited expressions of interest from consulting firms to identify promising wind farm sites and carry out wind measurements.

The shores of Lake Malawi are believed to possess an abundent wind supply
The shores of Lake Malawi are believed to possess an abundent wind supply

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The successful firm will also be required to assess the technical and economic potential for wind energy and model at least two sites to pre-feasibility level.

Applicants must be familiar with the challenges of weak grids, the ministry said. The deadline for applications is 10 October.

The work will be financed from a World Bank loan of $84.7 million granted to increase the reliability and quality of electricity supply under the Malawi Energy Sector Support Project 2011-2016.

The country has exceptional wind resources along the shores of Lake Malawi, according to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).

Malawi relies on hydropower for 94% of its electricity supply and suffers frequent black-outs. As well as seeking to diversify its generation resource, Malawi also needs new capacity to cope with a rapidly growing population (expanded from 9 million in 1998 to 15 million 2010) and increasing demand from the mining industry.

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