Renewable Energy Forum

UK time 11:00 – 12:30 Malawi time 13:00 – 14:30
Location Zoom

Missed this Forum? Click the video to the right to watch the recording.

Bringing together anyone interested in renewable energy with industry leaders and
practitioners currently working between Scotland and Malawi, the SMP held this inclusive 90 minute ‘round table’ Zoom meeting, chaired by Professor Stuart Galloway of the University of Strathclyde.


  • Forum Chair’s Introduction - Professor Stuart Galloway, Forum Chair
  • The Global Renewables Centre - Luke Macauley, Scottish Government
  • Q&A/Discussion
  • Local Energy Systems - A Malawian perspective & The Isle of Eigg/Sitolo collaboration - Edgar Kapiza Bayani, Malawi Country Director, Community Energy Malawi
  • Scottish systems and opportunities for knowledge exchange - Aran Eales, Energy for Development Researcher & Solar Microgrid Developer, University of Strathclyde & Elizabeth Banda (Video), Energy Project Co-ordinator, United Purpose Malawi
  • Local case-study & Youth leadership perspectives - David Samikwa, Malawi Youth Climate Leader
  • Q&A/Discussion
  • Supporting Projects that might benefit from Renewables & Mapping and connecting those engaged in Renewables work between Scotland & Malawi
  • The Forum’s workplan for the next 2 years
  • Conclusions & Next steps for the secretariat - David Hope-Jones, Chief Executive, the SMP
  • Meeting ends

Could Renewables benefit your Scotland-Malawi Project?

The Forum would love to understand how renewables might support your activity in Malawi and assess the wider need for independent, expert advice on issues such as:

  • local appropriateness
  • sustainability
  • pros & cons of different technologies
  • working with RE installers in Malawi
  • your own renewables questions…

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Is there already a Renewables Component to your Scotland-Malawi Project?

The SMP Renewables Forum is mapping who is doing what andwhere in Malawi in Renewables technologies (from solar lantern initiatives,through solar for schools to larger hospital or mini-grid projects). This co-ordinated approach aims to:

  • Be responsive to Malawi’s priorities
  • Share knowledge & experience from Malawi and Scotland
  • Reduce duplication of effort
  • Facilitate collaboration where appropriate
  • Help tackle complex challenges with a multidisciplinary approach

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The SMP’s Renewable Energy Forum was initiated in response to the suggestion of SMP members from multiple institutions working in this sector between Scotland and Malawi, who see value in sharing information, expertise, challenges, lessons learned and opportunities.

The Forum met for the first time in March 2019 in Edinburgh City Chambers and again in December ‘19 when it heard, in person from the inspiring William Kamkwamba (‘the Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’) and leading practitioners including the Government of Malawi, Dulas, SCIAF, Strathclyde University, Oxfam, CREATIVEEnergie, Scotland Lights up Malawi and SEPA. Minutes, actions and outcomes can be found online here.

Forum activities were paused to focus on COVID-19 Co-ordination meetings but now we are back and the Forum is all set to help support, connect and co-ordinate Renewables activity between Scotland and Malawi!

We were delighted to welcome Edgar Kapiza Bayani, Country Director of Community Energy Malawi, to the SMP's Renewable Energy Forum.
A message from Professor Stuart Galloway, Chair of the SMP's Renewable Energy Forum.