Smart Energy Solutions for Africa (SESA)

Green business models for energy access and local opportunities for economic development and social cohesion.

Smart Energy Solutions for Africa (SESA) is a collaborative project between the European Union and nine African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania ) that aims at providing energy access technologies and business models that are easily replicable and generate local opportunities for economic development and social cohesion in Africa.

Through several local living labs, it is expected to facilitate the co-development of scalable and replicable energy access innovations, to be tested, validated, and later replicated throughout the African continent.

These solutions will include decentralised renewables (solar photovoltaics), innovative energy storage systems including the use of second-life electric vehicle batteries, smart micro grids, waste-to-energy systems (biomass to biogas), climate-proofing, resilience and adaptation, and rural internet access.

SESA is the result of a strong partnership between leading European and African universities, research centres, industry actors, local governments, knowledge and implementation organisations and networks. These will be strengthened via peer-to-peer exchange, policy dialogues, regional and international events.

UNEP-CCC is part of UNEP as a consortium partner and actively engaged in Kenya and Morocco. UNEP-CCC will contribute towards user needs assessments, impacts assessment, development of business plans and models, and barrier analysis.

Key Publications which will be publicly available and where UNEP-CCC is in the lead

  • Report on Business Plans and Models (Due in 2024)
  • Report on Barrier Analysis (Due in 2023)
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Country / Region: Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania

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Subash Dhar

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