Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) has appealed to the public to engage certified electrical installers to ensure safety of lives and their properties.
Mera board chairperson the Reverend Joseph Bvumbwe said this on Tuesday in Blantyre during a stakeholders’ awareness meeting on the new regulatory framework for renewable energy and electrical installers.
He said people should demand Mera permit from installers to ensure value for their money and safety from fire accidents.
“To protect consumers from substandard installations, we place adverts in the media of names of licensed companies and persons allowed to offer the service,” he said.
Bvumbwe said Mera in conjunction with other enforcement agencies such as Malawi Bureau of Standards and the Malawi Police Service will be conducting spot checks to ensure compliance of the new regulatory framework.
In an interview, Mera director of electricity and renewable energy Welton Saiwa said the regulations will uphold ethics in renewable energy and electrical installation works in the country.
“Through the approved changes, we will ensure Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi connects its service to properties whose installation has been done by a person holding a Mera permit,” he said.
One of the stakeholders from Kings Electronics Security, Humphrey Dotolo, hailed Mera for the meeting, saying it will provide peace of mind to customers. n