The Ministry for Natural Resources and Energy launched the AMP to enable 500 emaSwati to access clean and affordable energy. 90% of the rural population still uses traditional sources of energy such as firewood which contributes to deforestation.
Communities that will be impacted by AMP are remotely located making it difficult for the power utility to connect them to the national grid. Half of the beneficiaries from two rural communities are women, which will help boost equity.
The first phase will build upon the already developed 35-kW Solar PV system which currently supplies power to 21 homes and two churches by integrating a productive use of energy (PEU) component on the demand side. In its second phase, the AMP will develop an energy hub for community-based small businesses like grocery shops and salons.