MEGA (Mulanje Electricity Generation Agency)
Providing hydro-power to over 700 households, enterprises and public institutions
MEGA produces and distributes electricity to remote areas at the Mulanje Mountain tea growing areas, serving smallholder farmers and the rural population. Their Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority approved tariff is divided into a lower level to social services, a medium level to households and a higher level to local enterprises.
The business model, developed together with DfID Business Innovation Facility (BIF), determines the break even after 1 MW distributed to 5,000 connections. After 2 years, MEGA reached 25% of that target.
Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust (MMCT) is responsible for biodiversity conservation and enables improved water access for optimised electricity production.
Practical Action is a technical consultancy that assists in the engineering, distribution, productive use and social justice aspects of MEGA's work
The SEED Africa Awards 2019 in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and SEED South Africa Climate Adaptation Awards 2019 in South Africa are sponsored by the Government of Flanders.