Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining says construction of the 21 Megawatt solar- power plant in Nkhotakota will increase access to energy in Malawi and contribute to growth of the economy.

Newton Kambala, was speaking during a ground breaking ceremony marking the commencement of the construction project.

“The power will add to the existing 400 megawatts to the national grid,” Kambala

The minister called on Phanes Group, the company constructing the solar plant, to live by its promise of employing locals in the project

But he bemoaned the continued practice of vandalising transformers by some people, saying the tendency was affecting distribution of power.

In his remarks, Phanes Group Investment Director, Wilfred van, said “when this project is completed at the end of the year, the plant will produce around 57 million KWh, which is sufficient to supply around 200, 000 households with electricity.”

According to Van the project will cost approximately 30 billion kwacha where a huge chunk will come from Energy Performance Contracting (EPC).