The Department of Energy Affairs (DoEA) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is implementing the Access to Clean and Renewable Energy (ACRE) project for a period of four years (from 2020 to 2023). This project is a successor to the Increasing Access to Clean and Affordable Decentralized Energy Services (IACADES) project which was aimed at increasing access to energy in selected remote, rural areas in Malawi by promoting innovative, community-based mini-grid applications in cooperation with the private sector and civil society which concluded in December 2019.
The goal of the ACRE Project is to increase access to clean, affordable, reliable, and modern energy by enhancing the sustainability, efficiency and cost- effectiveness of energy technologies
Specifically, the projects objectives are;
- Developing and strengthening clean energy mini-grids that promote productive uses of energy for rural economic transformation.
- Accelerating and de-risking the clean energy transition in the country.
- Promoting private sector participation in renewable energy deployment in the health and social sectors.
- Enhancing power sector coordination, building institutional capacity and conducting research and development
By the end of the project, the Department expects to achieve the following;
- Expanded generation capacity through scale-up of clean energy mini-grids targeting productive users in rural areas.
- De-risked financial investments on clean and renewable energy technologies through innovative financing
- Improved access to renewable energy in health sector through implementation of GoM “Power for Health” Master Plan; and,
- Strengthened institutional capability for effective renewable energy sector coordination, improved energy efficiency, research and development
Through the project, the Department will also promote the use of alternative energy sources and technologies for cooking specifically Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), Biogas, sustainable charcoal and briquettes for rural, peri-urban and urban areas in the country. In addition, through the project the Department will facilitate the development of streamlined regulations for the LPG supply chains.