Sustainable economic growth in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central depends on affordable and reliable access to electricity. Somalis pay some of the highest tariffs in the world for energy, crippling businesses and tightening household budgets; yet the country has among the highest potential of any African country for onshore wind power and one of the highest rates of daily solar radiation in the world.
The SREF 2016 addressed the needs expressed by local stakeholders who wish to advance reliable, sustainable, scaled generation and distribution of energy, with a focus on renewable energy. The SREF 2016 hosted a series of relevant discussions engaging all stakeholders to advance this goal of sustainable and affordable energy for all Somalis.
The conference was hosted in Hargeisa, Somaliland from February 20-23, 2016.
The conference saw sessions relevant to all attendees, while the last two days were used for for specific work stream sessions. The program for the first two days was designed to imprint a more accurate impression of the Somali energy landscape, strengthen strategy for energy production and distribution, share new technology solutions, increase investment opportunities, and improve knowledge of labor force demand and training, while strengthening partnerships and sharing ideas. The five tracks of the Forum included:
Forum participants represented multiple perspectives from a variety of stakeholders across the Somali renewable energy sector.