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Friday, February 19, 2016

Somaliland- Renewable Energy Forum In Hargeisa Aims For Sustainable Cheaper Electricity

Feb 19, 2016- Business Ghana - Stakeholders focusing on advancing renewable energy in the Somali peninsula are gathering for a four-day forum in Hargeisa from Saturday 20th to Tuesday 23rd February.


Less than a third of Somalis are estimated to have access to electricity, for which they pay amongst the highest tariffs in the world. But the Horn of Africa has about the best potential in the continent for onshore wind power and one of the highest rates of daily solar radiation in the world.

In response to local demand, the Somali Renewable Energy Forum 2016 is hosted in collaboration with the Somaliland Ministry of Energy by Shuraako, a nonprofit initiative that facilitates investments for promising Somali small and medium sized enterprises. "The Forum aims for dialogue and development of the Somali energy sector, a sector positioned to have the greatest single positive impact across all industries, with considerable potential to boost economic growth," says Lee Sorensen, Director of Shuraako.

"Inadequate and expensive energy has long been an obstacle to the region's economic progress," says Mohamoud Ahmed Liban, Chairman of the Somaliland Electricity Association. "This forum will help us unlock the potential of our abundant renewable energy sources."

The Forum will bring together local energy companies; the Chambers of Commerce from Somaliland, South Central Somalia and Puntland; technical experts, investors and donors. Discussions will include how to strengthen energy production and distribution, improve investment opportunities and applications of new technology, and address skilled local work force needs.

Shuraako (www.shuraako.org) is a nonprofit initiative of the One Earth Future Foundation (www.oneearthfuture.org), based in Colorado, USA. Points of contact for the media:

In Hargeisa: Abdikarim Gole: agole@shuraako.org; +252 63 346 4449

In the USA: press@shuraako.org

Forum Sponsors include the following:

Abaarso Tech University, ALEL Power, Aloog Energy, BECO, Beder Electricity Co., Dahabshiil, ESRES, Forcier Consulting, GECO, Golis Solar Co., HECO/EEPCO, IBS, SECCCO, Solargen TechnoTechnologies Ltd., Somalia GEEL, Telesom Electric Co., UK Aid, World Bank Group

Source: One Earth Future