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ABOUT THE EDITOR
Lisa Thompson-Smeddle, Founder/Director of the Sustainable Development Network, has over 25 years’ experience working in the sustainable development sector in South Africa. She holds an Honours degree in Social Sciences and Honours and Master’s degrees in Sustainable Development. She has contributed to many FET and HET level textbooks, manuals and other publications.
Since the publication of the first edition of the South African Renewable Energy Guide for Local Government, the costs related to non-renewable energy generation have increased exponentially, and coal-based energy systems have continued to generate large quantities of dangerous emissions. Conversely, sustainable energy generation has become more cost-e ective, and in many instances renewables are now more economically viable than non-renewables. This narrowing gap in costs, coupled with an increased awareness of the environmental bene ts of renewables, has greatly stimulated the sustainable energy market. Over the last several years, metropolitan municipalities have engaged with innovative, cost-e ective sustainable energy projects and solutions. Medium and smaller municipalities are beginning to understand the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders in the energy sector. They are learning how to work within the con nes of the South African national, provincial and local policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks; how to embed renewables within local integrated development plans and strategies; how to utilise appropriate technologies and how to apply nancing mechanisms and leverage partnerships for successful project delivery. It is critically important therefore that (particularly) small, medium and rural municipalities continue to explore, and receive capacity-building and support for, renewable and energy efficient solutions.
Chapter 1 Towards sustainable energy solutions
Chapter 2 Understanding renewable energy law, policy and regulations
Chapter 3 Sustainable energy systems and technologies in South Africa
Chapter 4 Overcoming financial challenges associated with sustainable energy
Chapter 5 Towards creating sustainable energy strategies
In line with these developments, this second edition provides useful information and solid examples of how politicians, city managers and government o cials, in partnership with communities, can facilitate the adoption of renewable energy systems and technologies to achieve a more sustainable energy future for all.