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SASEE – Southern Africa Solar Electrical Energy

Enhance Solar Electricity Projects with Revenue from Carbon Credits

The objective of this programme is to reduce reliance on fossil fuel based electricity and thus to reduce the associated CO2 emissions in Southern Africa by displacing electricity produced by coal or other carbon-intensive fossil fuels through the use of solar photovoltaic technology.

In addition the programme will contribute to activities aimed at growing and strengthening the solar industry in the Countries. Whilst the Countries involved in this programme are well known to have little to no oil or natural gas reserves, they do have well developed coal reserves and considerably undeveloped, but promising solar resources.  Programmes such as this are necessary to move away from the current dependence on the most prevalent fossil fuel resources and encourage the uptake of the prevalent/abundant renewable resources.

The Programme is developed under the CDM as a Programme of Activities

The solar renewable technologies used in these programmes result in reduced carbon dioxide emissions thereby contributing to the fight against climate change. The programmes are developed under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that stimulates sustainable development and emission reductions via the creation of tradable carbon credits. The solar renewable technologies reduce the use of conventional electricity in Southern Africa and its respective countries, which is mainly or partially produced by power plants running on fossil fuels emitting carbon dioxide, a potent Greenhouse Gas.

The nature of a CDM Programme of Activities allows many project developers to collaborate in order to advance the availability of a certain technology and encourage its use among consumers. The costs of accessing the carbon markets are then substantially reduced and the viability of small to micro scale mitigation activities is improved.

The Programme

This programme seeks to promote the commercialisation and use of technology that uses solar energy as a source of renewable electricity where otherwise grid electricity would be used, and initially will involve the following technologies:

  • Different types of photovoltaic ‘solar’ panels that generate electrical power by converting solar radiation into electricity via a panel composed of a number of cells containing a photovoltaic material. The panels are placed in direct sunlight and may be complemented with a battery pack to store electricity for use after dark;
  • Solar Electrical Pool Pumps that run during daylight only using the electricity delivered by a solar panel of photovoltaic cells that convert solar radiation into electricity.

The programme allows entities who wish to install solar thermal technology to access the international carbon markets in a cost effective manner.  Through this mechanism those entities are able to claim carbon credits for emissions that were avoided through the use of solar thermal technology.  These credits are in demand in the European Union and other developed nations, and the trading of these credits can be used to fund the purchase of solar thermal equipment.

What is the Role of Coordination and Management Entity (CME)?

The CME is responsible for ensuring that all the requirements of the CDM are met and that emission reduction activities are appropriately monitored and verified. The SASEE CME is operated by EcoMetrix Africa and assists project developers to enroll in the programme, fulfil the CDM requirements, monitor emission reductions and commercialise their carbon credits.

The first project activities

The first project activities of this Solar Electrical Energy Programme will be undertaken by the Ellies Holdings Group (namely Ellies (Pty) Ltd and In-toto Solution (Pty) Ltd) (collectively “Ellies”), at a number of locations in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana where Ellies will sell such products in specifically designed stores and provide these technologies through local government initiatives.

Further project activities

Retailers, developers, small to medium businesses and technology providers are invited to contact EcoMetrix Africa to discuss enrolling in the programme. Please email the Coordination and Management Entity at for further information.