Blackouts are now a thing of the past for the people of Likoma and Chizumulu Islands, owing to the new state of the art hybrid power plant which government through the Malawi Rural Electrification Fund has installed.
The Hybrid power plant comprises of two diesel generators and solar panels, which will be generating electricity through diesel and also through solar. This means that power challenges on the islands are now history.
Launching the plant in Likoma, Minister of Natural Resources Energy and Mining, Hon. Bintony Kutsaira, said the installation of the plant is testimony of government’s seriousness in ending power challenges in the country.
Kutsaira said: “the people of Likoma and chizumulu islands have for a long complained of prolonged blackouts. Power was only being supplied for 8hours, in most cases even less. Government has in response through the leadership of his Excellency Proffessor arthur Peter Mutharika bought the state of the art hybrid power generation plant that will supply Likoma and Chizumulu Islands power 24hrs a day and 7 days a week.”
Chief Executive Officer for EGENCO, William Liabunya, told the people of Likoma to be custodians of the development by taking care and not vandalising electricity equipment. He further said EGENCO will continue to strive at generating enough electricity for malawians.
The installation of the plant will boost the islands social-economic status, as more people now will be able to do small businesses. Also the plant will increase investments and tourism on the islands.
The new hybrid power plant has replaced an old generator which was installed in 2002, but had over the years become obsolute.