The EUEI PDF – together with UNIDO and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) –, under the RECP, carried out a study on the programmatic, structural, institutional, and political configuration of a possible SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency within in the Southern African region (SACREEE). With the experiences of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the mandate for a SADC Centre would focus on the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and the development of markets, through sharing information and best practices, developing sound policy, regulatory, and legal frameworks, and building the capacity within SADC member states for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The SADC region has, to date, been successful in regional power pooling coordinated by the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP). Lessons learnt in the establishment of the SAPP were instrumental in the design and the establishment of the proposed SACREEEE.
First consultations were undertaken in early 2013. A stakeholder consultation workshop including all SADC member states, various private sector actors from the region, as well as other stakeholders, incl. international cooperation partners and specialised institutions took place in March 2013 to find agreement on the mandate and the scope of activities for SACREEE and its proposed institutional structure. EUEI PDF had produced all content input for the workshop, and organised the workshop iteself, in particular to gather inputs from all relevant stakeholders from the region.
A validation workshop took place in July 2013, concluding with governments from the SADC region, as well as the SADC Secretariat, on the finalisation of the Project Document for SACREEE.
During its 34th meeting on 24th of July 2015, the energy ministers of the South African Development Community (SADC) decided on the establishment of the SACREEE, to be hosted by Namibia. Furthermore, during this meeting the energy ministers pledged to install additional 24GW of capacity by 2019, 70% of which is expected to come from renewable energy sources.