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Touts Clean Power Potential
MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - Somalia lacks a national power grid and relies on imported fuel, wood and charcoal to address its energy needs. But energy experts say with the longest coastline in mainland Africa and an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day, Somalia has great potential for onshore wind and solar power. Somalia’s private power companies rely on imported diesel to meet demand, making Mogadishu power cost more than three times the price of the global average. But they hope to transition to renewable energy. Abdiaziz Ileyka, an electrical engineer with Blue Sky Power, a private energy company based in Somalia, says that lack of investment hinders many from developing this sector. Illeyka says the challenge for the sector is that solar power is relatively new and there is lack of investment, despite the human skills and the technology being readily available, especially to tap into onshore and hydro power to make use of these abundant resources. But he remains optimistic. To help jump-start renewables, a [...]