Somalia Street Lights Peace REC Project

Project Type

P-REC Solar



Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

This project contributes directly to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations.

SDG 1 - Poverty alleviation

SDG 7 - Accessible and Clean Energy

SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 13 - Climate Action

SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by countries in global partnership to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.


Project Profile

First P-RECs from Somalia will boost electrification and safety in Abudwak City

Peace Renewable Energy Credits (P-RECs) have the potential to expand the renewable energy revolution to vulnerable regions, improve quality of life, and create economic opportunities. A P-REC is an International Renewable Energy Certificate (I-REC) with an additional certification  by Energy Peace Partners (EPP) of the social and economic co-benefits associated with the  project. 

Developers like Dayah Electric Power Company (DEPCO) are extending the benefits of solar energy to countries in Africa, where energy attribute certificate (EAC) markets have yet to be fully developed. Currently, DEPCO owns and operates a diesel-powered mini-grid in Somalia’s Abudwak City, the largest city in Galmudug State, which it plans to convert to a solar-plus-storage hybrid system. To reduce reliance on diesel-powered generators, DEPCO will install a 400kWp solar power plant. 

Starting in 2022, approximately 700 P-RECs are projected to be issued each year, although energy production estimates will be confirmed upon final system build. These would be the first EACs and P-RECs to be issued and sold from Somalia. P-REC purchases from the Abuduwak solar plant will fund the phased implementation of a community solar street light project that delivers a significant positive impact on quality of life and safety for Abudwak residents.



+ The solar mini grids reduce the need for carbon intensive forms of energy that are typical in Somalia. This has a direct climate mitigation impact by reducing local air pollution and decreasing carbon emissions.


+ DEPCO’s solar sites will provide power to rural households in Somalia, a nation that has been characterized by underdevelopment for decades, with approximately half its population lacking access to electricity. 


+ The P-REC-funded community streetlights will increase safety and security, and allow local businesses to stay open longer. The electricity connections enabled by the solar mini grids will increase overall quality of life for rural Somali households. 

Photos courtesy of Dayah Electric Power Company

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