Priority area Energy and climate Generating more electricity from wind and sun

South Africa has been caught up in an energy crisis for years. And at the same time the government will have no other choice but to switch to different forms of energy if it wants to meet international climate goals.

Wind turbines in South Africa

Wind turbines in South Africa

Wind turbines in South Africa

Currently, South Africa is largely using domestic coal reserves to meet the growing demand for energy. This has made the country one of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases.

Germany is assisting South Africa with the modernisation of power generation and with climate protection. Together with the private sector, GIZ (on behalf of the BMZ) is advising South Africa's Department of Energy, the national power utility and South African districts and municipalities on how to promote the use of renewable energies and improve energy efficiency. It is supporting the construction of large-scale wind farms and decentralised rooftop photovoltaic installations.

As part of Financial Cooperation, low-interest loans are being offered via South African financial institutions to small and medium-sized businesses wishing to invest in renewable energies and energy efficiency measures. In addition, KfW Development Bank (on behalf of the BMZ) is promoting measures to modernise the transmission and distribution grids so that renewable energy sources can be linked to the grid.