Supporting Sustainable Energy in South African Municipalities (SSESAM)

Promoting sustainable energy in municipalities, focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The objective of the project is to pursue SEA’s goal of promoting sustainable energy in municipalities, focusing on renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE). It also aligns fully with the SAGEN programme objectives. The project will provide support in the following areas of work:
1. Strengthening communications and knowledge dissemination on EE and RE through in partnership with SALGA and SACN through networking events, resource websites, conferences and the Urban Energy News e-newsletter
2. Supporting the integration of embedded generation into municipal distribution networks through training, and the provision of support material to enable grid compliance and municipal financial sustainability.
3. Developing new business models in response to global energy transitions and the shift from electricity-sales-based municipal financial dependence, including focused work on cost-of-supply methodologies for municipalities, and wheeling frameworks.
4. Preparing municipal distributers for future technical and socio-economic imperatives such as future grid planning – generation, storage, wheeling, EVs, efficiency, just energy transition modelling and digitisation.
5. Municipal energy management systems support for municipalities through training, development of energy baselines and action plans, implementation support and data monitoring and management.

Donor: Deutsche Gesellschsft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Timeline: 2022 - 2024
Project Manager: Megan Euston-Brown