SADC Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiancy

This project aims to contribute towards increasing access to modern energy services and improve energy security in SADC Member States thereby supporting the region’s economic and social development in an environmentally benign manner. The preparation and operation of SACREEE will ultimately contribute towards the attainment of the MDGs as energy access is central to the achievement of all the MDGs and this is in line with national and regional policies and development plans. The present project defines the specific requirements of the initial period of 42 months, consisting of a 6 months Preparatory Phase and 36 months First Operational Phase. In the initial years of operation SACREEE would focus its activities on: institutional establishment; policy and quality assurance; capacity building, knowledge management and communications and promoting investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and Programs.

Project Benefits (ISID Relations)
  1. SADC Member States are the key owners and beneficiaries of the activities of SACREEE and hence they will have a stake in the continued relevance of its activities.
  2. Policy makers in energy and related sectors: as a result of the project will have better capacity to develop, implement and operationalize policies, strategies that are conducive to the dissemination of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in the Region.
  3. Private sector including small and medium enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs, equipment manufacturers, project developers financing institutions: as a result of the project will be trained on various aspects including renewable energy project identification, development, implementation, funding mobilization, equipment manufacturing etc.
  4. National institutions charged with promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency will benefit from the project through targeted training programs that include regional equipment standards and performance labelling scheme, policy implementation and rural energy planning.
  5. Regulators, utilities and grid operators: as result of the project will have clear policy and regulatory framework on how to collaborate with other stakeholders in the development of renewable energy and will be sensitized on the benefits of adopting energy efficiency strategies.
  6. Policy makers, private sector, national institutions: will benefit from the project through awareness raising programs on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  7. Ultimately, the greater population in the SADC region will benefit from increased access to modern energy services through increased market penetration of renewable energy technologies and systems and energy efficiency technologies and services.
  8. Women and Children. Lack of access to modern energy services tends to affect women and children disproportionately. Therefore, the activities of the Centre will alleviate the plight of women and children through reduced time and labour in collection firewood and exposure to indoor air pollution, and will create opportunities for engaging in productive activities, among others.
Project Objectives
  • Establish and operate regional renewable energy and energy efficiency promotion agency.
  • Policy and quality assurance
  • Capacity Building
  • Knowledge Management and Communication
  • Promoting investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and programs


  • Validation Workshop held and the Project Document validated
  • Criteria for selection of Host Country formulated and approved
  • Round table of International Cooperating Partners convened and pledges for support obtained.
  • The Host Country selection process is under way.
  • The decision on adoption of Project Document is pending awaiting the meeting of Energy Ministers not yet scheduled for the current year.

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