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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Hot off the press - State of Energy in South African Cities, 2015
This report produced by the City Energy Support Unit of Sustainable Energy Africa provides an update on the 2006 report. It attempts to contribute to the body of work detailing and documenting city work and the policy arena relating to energy development.

Modelling energy efficiency potential in municipal owned facilities of the nine SACN member cities
The project entailed analysing the potential energy savings that can be realised from energy efficiency in municipal facilities and operations in the nine South African Cities Network (SACN) member cities.

New research shows overwhelming savings in support of densification
A new model developed by SEA shows that if densification is applied to the Voortrekker Road Corridor in Cape Town, a 50% reduction in energy and carbon emissions can be realised, along with a financial saving of ZAR 2 billion per year by 2034 in that area.

The Small-Scale Embedded Generation conundrum - see how NMMB tackles the the issue
In 2012,Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality included embedded generation in their Green Economy Business Plan. Rather than viewing SSEG as a threat to their revenue, they have instead seen it as an enabler for long term economic development and have view thus made significant progress in allowing feed in into the grid. Read the case study to learn more about their experiences.

Study Confirms SACN Member Cities Are Sitting on a Goldmine of Energy Savings Potential
An important new study, has confirmed that cities are sitting on significant energy savings potential within their operations. It also shows that past energy efficiency retrofit programs in cities have been successful in improving efficiency. This report compiled by SEA provides an analysis of the potential energy savings that can be realised from energy efficiency in municipal facilities and operations. You can find the full report here. If you would like to calculate the energy efficiency potential for your municipality click here.

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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.