Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) promotes equitable, low carbon, clean energy development in urban South Africa and Africa. We do this through research, capacity building, policy engagement and information dissemination.

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Urban Energy Support is an information portal of relevant documents and resources, with an emphasis on practical tools and guides to support the transition towards sustainable local energy development and a low carbon trajectory for the country in the context of global climate change.

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Sustainable Energy Africa’s Comments On the Draft Regulations Amending the Electricity Regulations On New Generation Capacity, 2011
As an organisation that has supported South African local government for more than 20 years, SEA welcomes the notion that municipality can play a more active role in contributing towards the energy mix (either through generation or procurement) and the explicit reference to this in the amendments published.

Sustainable Energy Africa reaches its 20-year milestone
SEA turns 20 this year - an exciting milestone, achieved with the support of a strong network of partners and donors cultivated and sustained over the years. Given this long history in the energy space, SEA takes this opportunity to reflect on the substantial changes observed over the past two decades. In 2000, the role and scale of energy consumption in cities, in relation to the national energy picture, was unknown. Today, cities are renowned as important players in the rapid deployment of renewable energy, as drivers of large-scale efficiency programmes and projects, and as key partners in reaching national climate change mitigation targets. Close to one gigawatt of small-scale renewable energy generation is already in place, facilitated through City approval processes, while four of the metros are poised to establish net zero carbon requirements for all new buildings from 2030. Post the 2020 State of the Nation Address, the big challenge for local municipalities is being enabled to procure renewable energy, from Independent Power Producers in a manner that provides the greatest benefit to the country as a whole.

What is the missing piece for building ‘green’?
Despite the emerging business case for ‘green’ or NZC buildings, the perception that such buildings have a higher capital cost with low returns on investment remains a barrier. An initial scoping exercise, in support of the C40 Buildings Programme, highlighted the common concern that ‘green’ or NZC building requirements would financially burden and constrain development, particularly in a time of recession. This prompted the implementing team at Sustainable Energy Africa with the eThekwini advisor for the C40-SEA New Buildings Programme, to explore the question in some detail, hoping to establish an evidence-base of the cost differential between ‘standard specification’ buildings and NZC buildings.

Aiming for Zero-Carbon New Buildings in South African metros
Four of South Africa’s metros – Cape Town, eThekwini, Johannesburg and Tshwane – are working towards the implementation of ambitious policies and innovative programmes that aim for net zero carbon emissions from newly-built buildings by 2050.

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WARNING: Scammers in Durban and Eastern Cape
Please be warned of scammers posing as Sustainable Energy Africa operating in the Durban and Eastern Cape areas. These scammers are accepting payment for the instalment of solar water heaters and other domestic equipment and not returning. Please note that SEA does not sell nor install any equipment. If you have been approached or have any information, please do let us know. Any information to track down these con artists will be useful. Please call Mukta Govan at 021 702 3622.