The Malawi government says it will soon invest in solar energy in order to provide electricity to people in the country.
Minister of Natural Resources and Mining Bright Msaka said this in Parliament when he was responding to questions from Members of Parliament (MPs).
Msaka said government will introduce other sources of electricity in the implementation of phase eight of the Malawi Rural Electrification Project (Marep) instead of depending on Escom grid.
”Soon we will embark on solar energy than that of grid power as many rural areas need power but Escom grids are far away,” said Msaka.
He added that it is expensive to provide power to those who stay far from the grid.
According to Msaka, the eighth phase of Marep project will begin later this year.
Marep is intended to increase electricity connectivity, which is at two percent, to 30 percent by the year 2030.
Malawi is one of the countries in the SADC region that has the lowest electricity connectivity.