Through a phased approach, the he UK-funded Energy Security and Resource Efficiency in Somaliland (Esres) in partnership with the Somaliland's Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MoEM) is addressing the high costs of electricity in Somaliland.
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The diversification of Somaliland’s energy mix, and the strengthening of energy security will help address the high costs of electricity which is a significant barrier to growth. During Esres Phase 1 (September 2015 - August 2018), the programme supported the MoEM to develop a policy and regulatory framework and implemented a pilot to establish six hybrid mini-grids that are now fully operational across Somaliland.
The second phase, Esres II (September 2018 to 2021), will expand its investment in renewable energy through the Somaliland Renewable Energy Fund (SREF). This investment will help increase affordability and accessibility through lower tariffs and more connections. Esres II will partner with local energy service providers to develop hybrid mini grids through a cost sharing arrangement.
"The biggest beneficiary of this new phase of Esres will be the people of Somaliland who will now pay significantly less for their electricity – building on the successes of the first phase of the programme, we believe this new phase will help promote sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty in Somaliland," Phil Evans, head, DFID Somalia, said:
Speaking during the launch second phase of the Esres programme, event held in Hargeisa, the Director of Energy, Liban Mohamed at the Ministry of Energy and Minerals said:
"We believe this event is crucial for the Somaliland Renewable Energy Fund under the Esres Programme. This event will encourage all of us to share our ideas, coordinate our efforts and synchronise our thinking towards the success of this programme."
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