Malawi to add 60 megawatts from solar

Written by  Memory Phiri, Mana

President Arthur Peter Mutharika is expected to attend a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of JMC Matswani Solar Corporation Solar Farm for electricity generation in Salima, which will add 60 megawatts to the national grid.  


According to information from Salima District Council, the function will take place on December 3, 2018 at Kanzimbe Village in Senior Chief Kalonga.

The project seeks to develop a 60 megawatt solar photovoltaic with 244 000 solar panels in a 160 hectare piece of land which will sell power to ESCOM to help minimize blackouts.

Speaking with Malawi News Agency (MANA), local coordinator for JCM solar corporation company, Jonas Sani, said the site that has been identified for the IPP set up is expected to be fully functional in the next five months.

“The only challenge is the delay of the transformer which we ordered for us to start the work, it is taking too long to get here for ESCOM approval,” said Sani.

The District Commissioner for Salima, Charles Mwawembe, hailed JCM Project, saying it will help reduce blackouts, not only in Salima, but also in Malawi as a whole.

The solar electricity will be constructed at Kanzimbe Village in Senior Chief Kalonga by JCM Company.

Sani said in the last two years, the company has bought 160 hectares of land and settled all the compensations.

The project has been developed by JCM Matswani Solar Corporation Limited which is owned by Canada’s JCM Power and Infra Co. Africa Limited, that operates as a private power supply.

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