We are pleased to report that, after lobbying the Malawian authorities, together with the Renewable Energy Industries Association of Malawi (REIMA) and the wider solar sector, on the 18th February 2022, the Malawi Government took the decision to remove import duties (15 – 30%) on entry level solar lights.
This is hugely important. In a country where 96% of the rural population lack access to electricity, it is widely recognised that solar lanterns can play a vital role in helping light up rural off grid communities. They offer a clean, safe, alternative to dangerous, polluting, candles and kerosene lanterns. This move by the Malawi Government will help make solar lights, designed to meet the lighting needs of rural communities living without access to electricity, more affordable. It will help us bring an end to reliance on dangerous forms of lighting, such as candles.