African City Energy
African City Energy

Global reductions in renewable energy prices provides an important opportunity for African cities to ‘leapfrog’ to cleaner, low carbon electricity supply. Municipalities can support the development of rooftop solar PV embedded generation. Options such as landfill and sewage methane for electricity generation are also potentially viable renewable energy options.


Tools and Guidelines

  • Small-Scale Embedded Generation in South African municipalities (solar PV focus)

    This case study looks at the situation regarding SSEG in South Africa and focusses on solar PV SSEG specifically and explores the current policy, legal, technical and capacity issues around such SSEG adoption. It also discusses how the country can move forward while protecting municipal interests under different policy, regulatory and financial frameworks (SEA, 2014).

  • Smart Metering: Overview and Considerations for South African Municipalities

    This report reviews the status of smart metering infrastructure rollout within South African municipalities. and also looks at factors to be considered by municipalities when planning their smart meter pilot or rollout projects including the cost-benefit considerations in this regard (SEA, 2015).



  • Decentralized Renewables: From Promise to Progress

    This paper provides evidence that integrating decentralized renewable energy (DRE) into national energy policy and strategy will provide the fastest, cleanest, most cost-effective path to universal energy access. Specifically, governments can accelerate electrification by including DRE in national energy policies and rural electrification plans, integrating DRE in energy system planning, and instituting collaborative DRE stakeholder policy design.(Power for All, 2017).

  • Energy Report for Uganda 100% Renewable Energy Future by 2050

    The Energy Report for Uganda is a scenario study that presents options and opportunities for developing the energy system for Uganda in a renewable and sustainable manner.The report also shows that the transition to 100% renewable is cost effective, affordable and sustainable.

  • Renewable Energy in Cities

    This report explores potential for urban communities to scale-up renewables by 2030. The report outlines three priority areas where cities can take action: renewable energy in buildings (for heating, cooling, cooking, and appliances); sustainable options for transport (electric mobility and biofuels); and creating integrated urban energy systems (IRENA, 2016).






Case studies