Project - Burao

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Burao Hybrid Mini-grid Project

Implementing Partner: Horn Electricity Company (HECO)
Location: Buroa, Togdheer region
ESRES contribution: USD 693,823

Burao is the second most populous city in Somaliland. A significant part of the population are Internal Displaced People (IDPs) that settled in Burao after being displaced by the war. 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, the IDP households do not have access to electricity due to economic constraints. Prior to ESRES, HECO had already successfully installed 1MW of solar PV that had been synchronised with their existing diesel. HECO is the only Company that supplies electricity to Buroa town.

The ESRES Programme selected HECO through a competitive Call for Proposals to implement a hybrid mini-grid project in Buroa, Togdheer region. The ESRES Programme awarded a Grant of USD 693,823 to HECO to invest in the extension of the existing Solar PV. The ESRES Grant allowed HECO to increase its generation capacity with additional 500kWp Solar PV with VONCH fuel saving system.

As a result of the ESRES Programme, a 500kWp system had been synchronized with the existing 1000kWp Solar PV system and 3.36 MW Diesel generation to increase the Solar PV capacity of the hybrid mini-grid system. Medium voltage and low voltage lines have been extended to supply electricity to the IDP camps, and renewed to improve health and safety and customer services. The system was commissioned on 16th of July 2017.

The additional RE component will reduce diesel consumption by about 300,000 L/year resulting in decreased Carbon Dioxide emissions by 800 tonnes a year.