Despite abundant renewable energy resources in Southern Africa such as solar, small hydro, biomass, wind geothemal and biofuels, clean energy sources contribute less than 1% to the total energy mix.
Inadequate, non-transparent and unpredictable energy poli-cies and regulatory frameworks in Southern Africa have constrained private sector investment in the clean energy sector. The development and increased deployment of clean energy technologies has the potential to contribute significantly to the region’s security of energy supply, eco-nomic growth, climate change mitigation, poverty reduction, and food security.
Strengthened Regional Capacity for Regulating the En-ergy Sector: In partnership with the SADC Energy Division, the Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA), national energy regulators and government departments of energy, the Trade Hub is providing training programs, and technical and financial support for developing clean energy policies and regulatory frameworks. The Trade Hub is also assisting in the development of tools, guidelines, and models for clean energy regulation and project imple-mentation; and is assisting RERA to institutionalize a training program for the energy regulators in SADC region.
Facilitating Private Investment in Energy in Swaziland: The Trade Hub is assisting the government of Swaziland by developing a Renewable Energy and Independent Power Producer Policy and Strategic Environmental Assessment of the policy. The Hub also strengthened the capacity of the Swaziland Energy Regulatory Authority (SERA) to under-take Cost of Service Studies and develop the Grid Code for the Electricity Supply Industry.
Developing a Clean Energy Industry in Zambia: The Trade Hub has assisted the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development to develop a Renewable Energy Feed-In-Tariffs (REFIT) policy and build capacity to procure re-newable energy projects. The Hub also works with the En-ergy Regulation Board on the corresponding tariff and regulatory framework development for various renewable energy technologies. Finally, the Trade Hub is assisting the Rural Electrification Authority of Zambia to strengthen its capacity to implement the Rural Electrification Master Plan.
- Improved regional capacity for energy sector policymaking and implementation resulting in clear regulatory frameworks for private sector participation in energy generation
- A sustainable and independent regional electricity regulators association
- Increased private sector investment in clean energy generation and transmission