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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Continual Professional Development course: University of Ghana from 21 - 24 June, 2017
During the week of the Conference, a four-day short course entitled “Continual Professional Development (CPD) training onSustainable energy Transitions” will be organised at ISSER, University of Ghana from 21 - 24 June, 2017. SAMSET will run this course in partnership with the Covenant of Mayors Programme in Sub-Saharan Africa, covering areas such as urban energy data and profiling, energy futures modelling, sustainable energy strategy development, as well as the implementation of a range of sustainable energy options. National and international experts in the field of Energy will handle different sessions of the training and certificates of participation will be awarded to participants at the end of the training. The trainingis targeted at energy sector planners and workers, research institutions, and postgraduate-level students.

Strategies for Sustainable Energy Transitions for Urban Sub-Saharan Africa (SETUSA) Conference
The SAMSET project is hosting an International Research Conference on Strategies for Sustainable Energy Transitions for Urban Sub-Saharan Africa. This will be held at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) Conference Facility, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana from the 19th – 20th June 2017.

New Roles and Business Models for Municipal Electricity Utilities in the Energy Sector
In an effort to tackle challenges in the energy market sector, South African – German Energy Partnership in collaboration with SEA, recently held a knowledge exchange workshop for municipalities. Both South African and German municipalities provided insights on their experiences and opened up discussions for possible pathways that SA municipalities can consider.

SEA holds a transformative climate change mitigation course with DEA's Local Government Support Programme
In February 2017, SEA under the V-LED project, together with DEA and GIZ held a training course for DEA’s Local Government Support Programme to strengthen their climate change mitigation response actions, and develop an inclusive work plan to support municipal climate action.

3 steps towards developing a city’s energy framework: City of Tshwane case study
SEA and the City of Tshwane undertook a process to transforming the energy sector of the city. First, an energy profile was conducted, followed by an analysis of possible future energy scenarios and their implications on revenue. These scenarios, together with the SALGA Strategy Guide for Local Government on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency informed the development of a sustainable energy framework for the city.

What is the abatement potential of South African Cities to meet national targets?
New research conducted by Sustainable Energy Africa confirms that cities hold substantial power and opportunity to transform the energy profile of the country.

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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.