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Modern energy services help drive economic growth by improving productivity and enabling local income generation through improved agricultural development and nonfarm employment. Productive uses of energy are particularly important to economic growth. Modern fuels and electricity, for example, help boost household income by providing lighting that extends livelihood activities beyond daylight hours. The energy power machines that generate valuable time savings and increase output and value added. By providing additional opportunities for employment, energy services also enable people to diversify their income sources, and thus mitigate against the inherent risks associated with agriculture/livestock-dependent livelihoods.

ADRA Somalia Strategic Energy Objective: Enhanced livelihoods through inclusive promotion of energy alternatives for households and commercial use

List of Renewable Energy Projects in 2017:


1.  Somali Energy Transformation (SET) Project


More than 95% of the rural population in Somalia have no access to energy.  About 87% of total energy consumption in Somalia is derived from biomass fuel (ADRA 2012). Charcoal or firewood option is practically the only energy option for rural and peri-urban populations. Adoptions of sustainable energy technologies have been too low, as households continue to use inefficient and expensive conversion technologies. Energy efficient cook stoves, such as ceramic charcoal stoves although known to reduce charcoal consumption by 60% are not widely disseminated. Deforestation is a major problem in Somalia contributing to soil erosion, desertification and climate change  (JNA, 2006). Negative health is also experienced as a result of indoor air pollution (Ezzati and Kamen 2004). More women and girls spend significant time fetching firewood despite the inefficiencies of such fuel as cooking fuel. The efficiencies of the health and education services are undermined due to lack of reliable energy. Households are not able to take up productive activities due to insufficient reliable energy services which severely hinder their economic and social development. Water for domestic, agriculture and livestock is often pumped using inefficient and expensive generators powered by diesel/petrol. The various reports have highlighted the need for increased access to energy and its role as a catalyst for poverty alleviation, post conflict recovery and development. This action is being proposed to address these barriers that inhibit access to modern energy services, and has been designed in consultation with stakeholders and beneficiaries in mind.


To increase the access to sustainable, affordable and appropriate energy services to at least 100,000 energy insecure households in rural and peri-urban areas of Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia.


Direct Beneficiaries

Direct beneficiaries: 39,800 households; 100 rural/peri urban businesses; (ii) Indirect beneficiaries: 100,000 energy inscure households; and 1.5 million households that will ultimately benefit from awareness created.


36 months


 Somalia (Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia)


European Union



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