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Leading the Transition to Clean Energy

The Energy Efficient Lighting Program (EELP) in Malawi exceeded the initial project objectives in terms of peak demand savings. Direct feeder measurements in the three regions recorded savings of 65 MW (representing 20% of the current demand) during the morning peak period and 51 MW during the evening peak as shown in the figure below.

  Pre and Post Installation monitoring of the EELP in Malawi highlighting savings achieved

The figures are based on the impact of around 940,000 Compact Fluorescent Lamps (out of a 2 million program) that were directly installed in households replacing existing incandescent bulbs. The estimated energy savings of 62 GWh/year is sufficient for the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) to connect an additional 18,850 new customers to the grid based on a weighted average of low, medium and high consumption customer categories. A survey of participating customers showed electricity savings of 30% resulting from the program that covered all residential and small enterprises nationwide.

The program is ongoing with retailers selling Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) procured under the project to the private sector at discounted prices with the aim of transforming the market from low quality to high quality CFLs with warranties. To ensure sustainability a policy was developed for the phase-out of Incandescent Bulbs and introduction of minimum energy performance standards (MEPs) for CFLs.The Energy Efficient Lighting Program was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and designed and implemented by IIEC.
  IIEC undertaking the Energy Efficient Lighting Program in Malawi

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