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Aloog - Boroma Hybrid Mini-grid Project

Company: Aloog Electricity Company
Location: Borama, Adwal
ESRES Contribution: USD 625,403

Borama is the capital of Awdal region in the western regions of Somaliland and the third most populous town in Somaliland with an estimated population of 400,000. Aloog Electricity Company (AEC) was established in 2004 and accommodates over 45,000 households and has over 1100 registered business of different kinds and around 800 business kiosks.

The ESRES investment will allow Aloog Electricity Company increase its generation capacity with 320 kW through a solar-based hybrid mini-grid. It is expected that it will increase the number of new connections in underserved areas and reduce the tariffs following completion of the project.

Aloog Electricity Company, together with Eelo University in Borama, plan to use the momentum of the ESRES Programme to launch a Renewable Energy Technical Centre to pass on the experience gained from this Project with the wider community.


Badhan - Hybrid Mini-grid Project

Company: Badhan Electricity Company
Location: Badhan, Sanaag
ESRES Contribution: USD 375,965

Badhan town is located in the east of Somaliland, the 2015 population survey was 180,000 residents. Badhan is facing an ever increasing urbanisation and as a result the load demand has been dramatically surging. Electricity Service Providers temporarily suspended the new connections due to the incapability of the system to accommodate to any further load demand and the uncontrollable energy losses.

The ESRES investment will allow Badhan Electricity Company to cope with the rise in demand and add 1.1 MW generation capacity through a solar-based hybrid mini-grid. Badhan Electricity Company will also invest in the improvement of the distribution system to prevent energy losses. The investment will lead to new connections and reduce prices.\


Beder Electricity Company - Mini-grid Solar-Diesel Hybrid Power Station

Company: Beder Electricity Company
Location: Sheikh, Saaxil
ESRES Contribution: USD 391,868

Sheikh is a rural town situated along the highway between Berbera and Burao with a population of 22,000 residents. Sheikh is home to some of the most important educational institutions in Somaliland.

Beder Electricity Company already generates Renewable Energy in the towns of Oog and Ainabo through hybrid mini-grids. These hybrid mini-grids are powered by wind with a diesel generator for backup. This new ESRES investment will allow Beder Electricity Company to invest in a solar-based hybrid mini-grid in Sheikh town and increase its generation capacity with 410 kW.

The ESRES investment will allow Beder Electricity Company to increase the current customer base and reduce the prices. Thereby, Beder Electricity Company will specifically focus on low income consumers who will benefit from low rates and increased access to electricity.


HECO, Burao Extension of Solar Project

Company: Horn Electricity Company (HECO)
Location: Burao, Togdheer
ESRES Contribution: USD 693,823

Burao is the second capital city of Somaliland with an increasing population. A significant part of the population took refuge in Burao after being displaced from the nearby regions. The population of internally displaced persons are reported to be 100,000 residents in 2015. Most of these people are concentrated in four villages within Burao: Adan Saleban; Kosar; Samir and Iman; and Ali Hussein. Unlike the rest of the population in Burao, approximately 94% of the IDP households do not have access to electricity due to economic constraints.

Horn Electricity Company is supplying efficient, sustainable high quality and affordable energy for its customers. HECO invested and successfully installed 1MW of solar project last year to complement its diesel generation using the latest synchronisation fuel saving system.

The ESRES investment will allow HECO provide affordable electricity to these four villages through expansion of the current power generating system by adding another 500 kW of solar. The majority of the power will be provided to the IDP households and social and community institutions, business centres as well as street lights.


Sompower, Gabiley Hybrid Mini-grid Project

Company: Sompower
Location: Gabiley, Maroodijeeh
ESRES Contribution: USD 460,400

Gabiley is a town located 50km west of the capital of Somaliland Hargeisa with a population of about 30,000 residents. Gabiley is classified as small town in the Somaliland peri-rural set up with large sparsely populated rural surrounding.

Sompower recently acquired Aleel Company in Gabiley and have most customers in Gabiley. There is a need for increasing generation to support low income families at a more affordable cost.

The ESRES investment will allow Sompower to increase its renewable generation capacity with 860 kW of solar. It will increase the customer bases with new connections for households, businesses, social and community institutions. The investment will also support street lightening, contributing to a safer environment for the targeted communities at night. Sompower will also reduce tariffs making electricity more affordable and accessible to vulnerable communities.


TEC, Buhodle Town Solar-Diesel Hybrid Mini-grid Pilot

Company: Telesom Electric Company (TEC)
Location: Buhodle, Togdheer
ESRES Contribution: USD 391,829

Telesom Electric Company has one power station in Buhodle providing 24 hours of electricity to this remote town in Somaliland on the border with Ethiopia. The remoteness of the location limits the government and businesses to provide services to the town. This has negative social implications such as migration, poverty and internal conflicts. Increasing the electricity provision to the town will adverse the negative impact by creating economic opportunities for the vast nomadic population in the district.

TEC is facing difficulties in supplying electricity needs to Buhodle town. Currently, TEC is generating electricity through only diesel powered generators. The logistical cost to transport fuel from Berbera to Buhodle, the cost of maintaining and repairing the system, and staffing is creating a high tariff cost.

The ESRES investment will allow TEC to install a 150kWp solar station which will feed into one of the diesel generators. This should allow TEC to cover the daytime requirements and will provide TEC the opportunity to cover the consumer demand growth for the next two years, while reducing the cost.

TEC will continue to increase the installation of the solar and wind power to cover demand growth in the future and reduce diesel fuel generation on gradual basis.