Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) laboratory under construction in Blantyre is expected to test solar products, among other products, for quality adherence, the Ministry of Energy has said.
Minister of Energy, Aggrey Masi, said as ministry they have put up a number of measures to address the influx of sub-standard solar products that have hit the local market.
He said the government is working through MBS, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) and Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) to ensure substandard products are not imported into Malawi.
“Mera signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with MBS and MRA to check the products at the borders while Mera also inspects installed systems in the country. Mera conducted sensitization workshops on renewable energy technology standards in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu in the month of January,” he said.
Masi said the government is working with relevant authorities to ensure that the removal of Value Added Tax, players in renewable energy sector are demanding, is reflected in the prices on the market.
Players in the sector feel there is no level playing field between those selling fake solar products and the ones selling genuine ones.