On Wednesday the European Union (EU) and international non-governmental organisation Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) announced a three-year programme to expand renewable energy access in Somalia.
The Somali Energy Transformation (SET) project will provide affordable and sustainable renewable power to 100,000 homes dispersed across Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia.
According to the EU, the objective can be achieved by developing solar photovoltaic markets and solar powered systems for irrigation, health and educational facilities and community electrification schemes.
Somalian Minister of energy and minerals Hussein Abdi Dualeh said: "This is a very timely project that will immensely contribute to the development of the Somaliland energy sector, in addition to contributing significantly to the Government’s goal of lighting up rural and peri-urban areas of the Country”.
Somalian energy structure
Somalian news agency Hiiraan Online reported on Wednesday that the town of Beledweyne in central Somalia has started installing solar-powered systems in various locations to meet the city’s energy needs.
Funded by the Norwegian government, the first solar system was installed at the town hospital to ensure that they would receive a reliable power supply to perform optimally.
Ahmed Mohamed Khalif, the director of the town's hospital said "It's going to be a good progress ending those terrible energy challenges we have experienced. Sometimes there would be a power failure in the middle of a critical surgery - it was dangerous.”
Uplifting the Somalian communities
EU Ambassador to Somalia Michele Cervone d'Urso said that the SET power project would uplift the wellbeing of many Somalians by creating access to modern power which will improve access to water and health and education services.
Luiz Carmago, country director for ADRA Somalia, said: "This action will facilitate eradication of extreme poverty and hunger through provision of energy aimed at increasing production in the agriculture and livestock sectors making food more affordable and in the process generating jobs”.
Carmago continued: “The project will also deploy cleaner energy systems that are needed to ensure environmental sustainability and mitigate against climate change”.
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