Regulator and Utility Support for Distributed Generation in selected Sub-Saharan Countries

This project is dedicated to providing technical assistance and support to African regulators and utilities. Our primary goal is to facilitate the safe, compliant, and financially sustainable integration of Distributed Generation (DG) into electricity networks across partner countries in Africa.

The project is a collaborative effort between Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) and local regulators and utilities in Sub-Saharan Africa. SEA, drawing upon its extensive experience in South Africa, offers specialized technical assistance and capacity-building programs. By employing a ‘learning-by-doing’ approach, we emphasize partnership, relationship-building, and meeting stakeholders at their current level of expertise.

Objectives: The main objectives of our initiative are:

  1. DG Regulatory Framework Support: Assisting regulators in crafting robust DG regulatory frameworks tailored to the specific needs of each partner country.
  2. Supporting DG Policies and Processes: Collaborating with partner utilities to streamline DG policies and processes, facilitating seamless grid connections.
  3. Capacity Building: Providing comprehensive training and capacity-building programs for both regulators and utility partners, ensuring they are equipped to navigate the complexities of DG integration.
  4. Ongoing Support: Establishing a dedicated ‘help desk’ facility to offer specialized assistance and support to address emerging issues promptly.
  5. Development of Communication Resources: Implementing a diverse communication function across various platforms, fostering peer learning, and encouraging knowledge exchange among stakeholders.

Funder: Deutsche Geselleschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (GET.transform)

Timeline: 01 September 2023 - 30 June 2026

Project Team: Joel Nana, Mark Borchers, Josh Dippenaar, Tanaka Shumba-Mukudu, Zanie Cilliers, Oratiloe Sathekge, Zibusiso Ndlovu and Simisha Pather-Elias