In Somaliland, solar energy is facilitating access to water. In this internationally unrecognised state in north-western Somalia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has funded a project to improve the water supply in Caynabo.

The recently completed project was carried out by Aptech Africa. The Kampala, Uganda-based company built a solar-powered water desalination system.

The reverse osmosis plant with a capacity of 45 m3 per second was supplied by Genius Watter, a company based in Carmignano di Brenta, Italy. The water pumping and desalination system is powered by a 41 kWp solar photovoltaic system.