Support for Municipalities
INVITATION TO APPLY FOR SUPPORT

Municipal Support for Small-Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) and Municipal Electricity Business Models

September 2019

Background:

Energy security concerns, rising electricity prices, the emergence of low-cost renewable energy technologies and the growth of distributed generators have resulted in a range of challenges for utilities, including for municipal distributors. In light of these dynamics, municipalities are compelled to re-define their role in the electricity value chain and adapt their funding and operating models. The South African - German Energy Programme (SAGEN) in cooperation with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) is providing technical support to municipalities on aspects of this transition.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Sustainable Energy Africa NPC (SEA) are implementing partners on the SAGEN programme and are focusing on the safe integration of Small-Scale Embedded Generators (SSEG) into municipal infrastructure as well as the development of sustainable business models for municipal utilities. In this regard, invitations for municipalities to be considered for support in various areas will be issued during September 2018 - 2019.

Overview of all invitations for municipalities to apply for support

Municipalities will be invited to apply for support in the below four calls, to be issued separately:

1. SECOND ROUND: Municipal SSEG Programme Development support: Support is available for approx. 25 municipalities to build staff capacity and help establish SSEG application and approval processes and systems.
Status: Open
Closing Date: 15th November 2019
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NOTE: The window for the first round of support closed in November 2018. A second round has now been open for up to 25 new municipalities to apply and join the programme.
2. Municipal SSEG Grid Impact Study support: Two metros will be selected for support in undertaking grid impact studies for SSEG systems that do not fit into the ‘simplified connection criteria’ parameters (e.g. as per NRS 097-2-3).
Status: Closed
Closing Date: 7th November 2018  
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3. Training in SSEG PV Procurement on Public Buildings: An approach to procure quality and optimum life-cycle cost PV systems on municipal buildings will be covered.
Status: Closed
Closing Date: 7th November 2018
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4. Municipal Electricity Master Plan Support: Two municipalities will be partnered with in the development of a comprehensive sustainable electricity master plan. Either District or Metropolitan Municipalities are invited to apply.
Status: Closed
Closing Date: 12th July 2019
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