The primary goal of the Sustainable Energy for Africa (SUSEA) Initiative (formerly named the Utility Initiative for Africa), is to bring together African governments, utilities and the renewable energy (RE) industry to discuss the potential of utilising RE technologies in Africa.
The wider use of RE in Africa has tremendous potential. Not only do all African countries have access to a vast resource - solar radiation - but harnessing it to help the people will help in numerous ways. Access to sustainable energy - for cooking (solar cookers), for lighting and heating (electricity and hot water using solar thermal and photovoltaic systems), for health services (cooling using refrigerators powered by solar energy) - is a basic requirement for all people. The use of active and passive solar energy can change peoples lives.
Using renewable energy sources means:
- reducing the release of harmful emissions into the atmosphere (thus minimising environmental pollution and the effect of climate change)
- reducing the dependence on fossil fuels, which not only cause wide-spread environmental damage, but will in the near future not be freely available any longer
- making use of local resources (also impacting on socio-economic issues such as stimulating local job creation)
Overview of activities
- Information dissemination and workshops are planned as part of this initiative, thus establishing paths whereby the decision-makers may act to develop and maintain sustainable energy provision activities in their respective countries.
- Promoting sustainable development, especially in rural areas, by the use of renewable energy resources.
- Motivation of utilities and governments to create "Renewable Energy Enterprise Zones" (REEZ) as pilot projects.
- Joint planning with local representatives setting-up local infrastructure training for local staff.
- Phase I (1998): Concept development and initial conference was held in South Africa.
- Phase II (2000): Two seminars were organised (SEREA in South Africa; SEREPRO on Kenya) to meet with experts and government representatives. Here relevant issues were discussed, focussing on useful case studies, pilot projects and financing strategies.
- Phase III (2001 - 2010): Follow-up on work done by initiating specific activities such as organising policy workshops and specialised training (funding is required for such activities - potential sponsors or donors are invited to contact the ISES projects Unit).
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Prof Dieter Holm
Local Project Contact
- Seminar on Rural Electrification in Africa (SEREA) April 2000 - Midrand, South Africa and Seminar on Rural Energy Provision in Africa (SEREPRO) October 2000 - Nairobi, Kenya can be ordered together each as CD-ROM from the ISES online Bookshop here.