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SREF - Window 1 - Call for Proposals - extension of deadline

The ESRES Programme Manager announces the following revisions to the Somaliland Renewable Energy Fund Guidelines for Concept Note Application Window 1:

• The minimum grant amount is reduced from USD 200,000 to USD 100,000. This change modifies sections 1.9, 4.2.1, and 6.4.1, and 2.11 of the eligibility criteria in Annex 3.
• The minimum required renewable energy capacity is reduced from 200 kWp to 100 kWp. This change modifies section 6.2.3 and section 2.7 of the eligibility criteria in Annex 3.
• In consideration of the above changes, the deadline for submitting a completed Concept Note Application Form is extended from 23 May 2019 to 13 June 2019. The notification of short-listed applicants will now occur in by mid-July 2019.

The additional information published on the ESRES website under ESRES2-SREF > Call for Proposals SREF Window 1.

ESRES launches the Somaliland Renewable Energy Fund (SREF) Window 1 on 24-25 April 2019 in Hargeisa, Somaliland

The Energy Security and Resource Efficiency in Somaliland Programme (ESRES) promotes green growth and poverty reduction in Somaliland through increasing access to more affordable and reliable renewable energy services. During the period 2015-2018, ESRES invested in six hybrid mini-grids throughout Somaliland

ESRES will expand its investment in renewable energy through the Somaliland Renewable Energy Fund (SREF). SREF will provide support through various funding windows for the promotion of renewable energy. As a social investor, ESRES is seeking a social return to its investments and expecting increased affordability (lower tariffs) and accessibility (more connections).

ESRES is now launching the SREF – Window 1 – hybrid mini-grids to invest in established Energy Service Providers (ESPs) in Somaliland. ESRES will provide grants as a social investor in renewable energy generation capacity, distribution system improvements, and customer connections. SREF Window 1 grant applications can be between USD 200,000 ¬and USD 3 million.

The Launch Event will take place on 24-25 April 2019 in Hargeisa, Somaliland. ESRES expects Somaliland ESPs, local and international equipment and service suppliers, and other interested parties to attend the Launch Event.

Participants need to register for their participation. ESRES has prepared a detailed information package that can be accessed under ESRES2 - SREF. The registration deadline is 12th April 2019.

ESRES2 reaches Implementation Phase

Following the successful implementation of ESRES Phase 1 (ESRES1), ESRES Phase 2 (ESRES2) commenced on the 15th September 2018.

Some of the key results from ESRES1 are below:

  • Six hybrid mini-grids installed and operational providing clean energy to towns across Somaliland;
  • USD 2,9 million private sector funding leveraged to improve electricity generation and distribution, improving health and safety, and customer services;
  • 43% tariff reduction on average;
  • 10,274 new connections made;
  • 2900 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide emissions decreased a year;
  • Supported the Ministry of Energy and Minerals to develop the policy and regulatory framework.
  • ESRES2 will build on that success expanding investment in renewable energy through the Somaliland Renewable Energy Fund (SREF). It may also support the six existing projects to maximise results and will continue to support the MoEM to develop the regulatory framework.

The ESRES PM successfully completed the six-month Inception Phase of ESRES2 in which it tasked to design the implementation approach for ESRES2. The Joint Steering Committee (JSC) at the third ESRES2 JSC meeting on 5th March 2019 praised the progress made to date and endorsed the approach proposed.

The Implementation Phase of ESRES2 has commenced on the 15th March 2019. The ESRES PM will make announcements on the website for any Call for Proposal opportunities that come out under the SREF.

Workforce developement: interns visit ESRES implementing partners

The ESRES PM received a request from the University of Hargeisa for an internship programme for graduates of the University of Hargeisa. The internship will provide the graduates the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the management and operation of a RE project. In total 9 graduates of the Hargeisa of University were selected for the internship programme. The group was complemented by 2 female students from the University and an intern of the MoEM. The MOEM also assigned a counterpart to the ESRES PM lead, the RE Project Coordinator, to facilitate the internship. The internship programme was launched on 1 November 2017.

The students visited various of the ESRES Implementing Partners to get a better understanding of operations of hybrid mini-grids. Each intern had a log book to record daily progress and did reports for each site that they visited and conducted a pre-test to test their knowledge prior to the internship. The internship programme will be coming to a close by the end of phase 1 on by the 28th February 2018 and a post-test will be conducted to measure the results.

Picture: Director of Energy, Eng Liban Mohamed, meets with ESRES interns.

ESRES - Director of Energy with interns

Celebration of award of six hybrid mini-grids projects

On 8 November 2016, the Energy Security and Resource Efficiency in Somaliland Programme (ESRES) celebrated the award of six DFID-funded hybrid mini-grids projects in Somaliland.

Somaliland has one of the highest costs of electricity in the world and access to affordable, reliable electricity is a significant barrier to growth. ESRES aims to strengthen energy security and access in Somaliland through diversifying Somaliland’s energy sources. ESRES supports the Ministry of Energy and Minerals to develop and implement an appropriate policy and regulatory framework and pilots the development and implementation of hybrid mini-grids.

During the press conference in Hargeisa at the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MoEM), the Honourable Minister Hussein Abdi Dualeh stated that the event was the culmination of a long collaborative effort between DFID and MOEM to encourage the use of renewable energy power to ultimately get more affordable, safe, reliable electricity for the people of Somaliland.

Mr Alex Way, DFID Policy & Programme Manager, added that the award of the six projects marks an important point in the Programme.

The six projects will be implemented by Independent Power Providers (IPPS) that were selected following a competitive process. The pilot projects are located throughout Somaliland and are expected to add 3.3 MW of additional capacity. It is project that through this new capacity the IPPs will be able to serve an additional 10,000 new customers with reduced tariffs.