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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Invitation: Technical Solar Rooftop PV Training
GIZ and SALGA are offering three 5-day courses to assist national, provincial and local authorities in the integration of rooftop solar PV. The training will touch base on the most important topics of solar PV, namely; policy frameworks, technical standards, regulations, revenue impact etc. Target audience includes officials from the revenue, legal, customer services and procurement departments, engineers and electricians.

HOT OF THE PRESS: Sustainable Energy Solutions for Local Government - A Practical Guide
This is the third iteration of a practical how-to handbook for local municipalities on the roll-out of sustainable energy measures.

Sub-Saharan African cities are invited to join Covenant of Mayors initiative in the region
Sub-Saharan cities across the continent invited their peers to join Covenant of Mayors Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) to make a voluntarily political commitment to implement climate and energy actions in their communities and agree on a long-term vision to tackle 3 pillars, namely access to energy, mitigation and adaptation.

Gender and urban energy poverty in South Africa
This report reviews the status quo of urban energy poverty in South African cities through a gender lens.

Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa
This four-year Sub-Saharan African project aims to increase the capacities of the project's pilot cities on sustainable energy development and climate change.

Providing training for municipalities to implement the mitigation component of the Let’s Respond Toolkit
The project’s objective is to facilitate capacity building workshops for local government on climate change mitigation.

Urban Transformation in South Africa Through Co-Designing Energy Services Provision Pathways
The project will focus on co-designing context sensitive energy provision pathways, that will achieve impact with academic, policy, practitioner, and community beneficiaries.

Small Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) Training for Municipalities
This project aims to provide training to municipalities on all aspects of SSEG.

Data collection methodologies and energy demand modelling for projection of end-use energy consumption in the commercial sector
This project aims to improve energy end-use consumption demand-side modelling capacity within the Department of Energy

Small Scale Embedded Generation in Mid- and Low-income households
The project explores models for rolling out small-scale embedded PV generation to low- and mid-income households in South African cities.

C40 Cities GPC Emissions Inventories
SEA provides technical support to C40 African member cities in producing emissions inventories.

Africa's Energy Future
Supporting the development of gender-sensitive sustainable energy solutions and strategies for low-income households in South Africa

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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.