ADL’s solar farm to feed into nation power grid

Airport Development Limited (ADL) has announced the finalisation of all processes to expand the solar farm project at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) to contribute more to the nation’s power supply.

This has come at a time when the country was still facing difficulties in the power supply when a lot of areas across the country are experiencing more blackouts due to load shedding of about 4-6 hours per day.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Thursday in Lilongwe, ADL’s Engineering Manager, Sunganani Dzinkambani said the idea was to increase capacity to make the solar farm sustainable as well as more power secure because this project was not only for the Airport but the country at large.

“This has helped us vastly economically in terms of reduction in our ESCOM bills, and it’s a part of the motivation for us to have an expanded facility which adds more capacity to what we make here at the Airport in terms of power supply,’’ he said.

Aerial view ok KIA. Pic courtesy of ADL

Dzinkambani added that their target was to reach 5 megawatts in contributing a lot to the country’s power grid come 2024.

“In our strategic plan, we want to reach our target but we will obviously move in phases in order to achieve that and we are looking at beyond 2024.

“We have a follow-up Japanese project which is to habilitate this facility, so after this, we intend to see how we can expand to add more capacity to the grid quiet likely even feature proof or modernize it,” he added.

An Energy Expert, Grain Malunga said this was a positive way to ensure the country has a greater supply of energy from a range of renewable sources.

“This is a way to go because, through this, it is a well-known fact that the company will generate revenue in reduction of bills as well as getting something from the project that will help the company to sustain their needs,’’ he said.

ADL Solars at KIA. Pic Courtesy of ADL

Malunga noted that this solar farm project expansion is important when it comes to renewable energy since it would mitigate climate change.

“Solar farms harness energy from the sun to create clean and renewable electrical energy, unlike fossil fuels such as coal.

“Generating electricity from renewable sources like solar power creates no emissions that are harmful to human health and the environment as well reduce global warming hence the need to expand this facility to add more power,’’ he noted.