- The USD 7.8 million solar project in the port city of Berbera has been funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).
- The 7MW solar/hybrid plant will bring light to more than 50000 people.
“This project will lead to heightened economic activity, financial savings, reduction of carbon emissions and will improve air quality ‘, said Mohammed Al Suwaidi, ADFD.
The plant began operating in October and is being described as a game-changer for the people of Berbera.
“Our renewable-energy project in Berbera will play a strategic role in our larger effort to sustainably drive up the economy and raise the standard of living in the area. Stable electric supply across the city will boost commercial development and lead to port expansion,” he added.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on the sidelines of the event, witnessed by ADFD, which had transferred the plant’s ownership to the Ministry of Energy and Minerals on behalf of the Government of Somaliland and appointed a consulting company, Coretec, to provide necessary support to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in developing an overall operational structure for the plant.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal