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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The role of municipalities in renewable energy generation
SALGA and GIZ are working with the Department of Energy in clarifying the methods and processes by which municipalities can go about generating electricity. These avenues open up opportunities for municipalities to pursue paths of financial and environmental sustainability.

Lessons learnt - how can municipalities diversify their energy mix?
SALGA, GIZ and SEA have developed a series of six case studies on municipal renewable energy projects. These case studies identify the processes followed focusing on regulatory processes, and the success factors of each project.

Is it possible to alleviate the energy poverty burden on Gauteng's informal settlements?
The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and SEA have recently completed a feasibility study and implementation plan on the use of appropriate alternative energy technologies to address health and safety issues in unelectrified informal settlements in the province. The study is a first step towards developing a plan to improve indoor air quality in a sustainable way. 

SEA features in Engineering News
Article: Local governments must play bigger role in energy sector

The FIRST-EVER model of the urban energy future of Sub-Saharan Africa.
SEA, through the SAMSET programme has published a working paper which presents the results of an energy futures modelling exercise of cities in Sub-Saharan Africa. The preliminary results show that while emissions will grow substantially, if the  SE4All goals are achieved, a 20% decline in this growth could be realised.

How can cities be supported to achieve national emissions reductions targets in South Africa?
SEA has recently undertaken a study to determine the opportunities for urban emissions reductions in South Africa. This briefing paper examines the influence of cities in achieving national targets and recommends how national structures and mechanisms can be used to enable greater achievements in cities. Read the briefing paper.

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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.