Enabling municipal energy procurement and generation, supporting the South African Local Government Association and selected municipalities

Led by: University of Pretoria
Sector: Energy

“As South Africa undergoes a significant shift in the structure of the electricity sector, this project will provide an important contribution to decentralising electricity generation.” 
-  Kim Adonis, Director, Kim Adonis Consulting 

This project aims to enable municipalities to increase their ability to procure energy independently and implement a just energy transition. As South Africa transitions toward a low-carbon economy, shifting toward renewable energy generation is an essential foundational step. Municipalities have an important role to play in this transition as a procurer of electricity. 

The project team will provide technical and legal support to the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and selected municipalities. The support will be provided through two interventions:

  • The preparation of two detailed reference guides to support the procurement of renewable energy by municipalities from independent power producers (IPPs).
  • Converting the guides and associated template procurement documents into a pack of accessible and user-friendly training materials.

This project is the first of it’s kind in South Africa, and will provide an important contribution to South Africa’s transition towards renewable energy generation. 

“Our project enables capacity in local government municipalities, to procure primary electricity assets, resulting in diverse income streams.” - Professor George Thopil, Associate Professor in Sustainable Management, Department of Engineering & Technology Management, University of Pretoria