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Smart Energy Solutions for Africa

We provide energy access technologies and replicable business models and generate local opportunities for economic development and social cohesion.

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2021 - 2025

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Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, Morocco, South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101037141. This material reflects only the views of the SESA Consortium, and the EC cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information in it. See the website here for more information:

Project summary

SESA is a collaborative project between the European Union and nine African countries 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 microgrids, waste-to-energy systems (biomass to biogas), climate-proofing, resilience and adaptation, and rural internet access.

Project aims

ICLEI Africa’s contributions under the SESA project primarily involve the co-ordination and development of a wide range of capacity building activities to ensure the energy technology solutions implemented meet the needs of relevant stakeholders & ensures the project activities are sustained beyond the projects life span.

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Claudia Schroder

Professional Officer
Smart Energy Solutions for Africa