Network Communities

Network communities are Local governments that are linked to a current LR project. They are committed to promoting the initiative and learn from the Model Communities in each country or region; however, they do not receive financial support. Network communities are invited to regional events and international conferences, receive information about the Network, and may be considered for future project concepts.

Current Network Communities


Cape Town (South Africa)

The second most populous city in South Africa, Cape Town's energy policy aims to have 10% of its homes supplied with solar hot water by 2010 and 10% of its energy supplied by renewable sources by the year 2020.



Belo Horizonte (Brazil)

With a population of around 2.5 million people, Belo Horizonte has 56.6m2 of solar panels that are used by 100,000 inhabitants and has been working on other alternative sources of energy and improving energy efficiency.

Salvador  (Brazil)

Being a network connection to the northeastern part of Brazil, Salvador, a cirty of nearly 3 million people, has proposed parameters of energy efficiency for buildings through the Municipal Building Code.

São Paulo (Brazil)

One of the largest urban areas in the world with more than 20 million people in the area and growing, finding sustainable solutions is the key.  This city is currently observing the renewable energy success of other Brazilian cities.  It shares its experiences from its CDM funded project of generating energy from landfill gas.

Volta Redonda (Brazil)

This city, in the State of Rio de Janeiro, has attained success with the Eco-Oil Program - a project that processes used cooking oil to produce biodiesel with the participation of local government, communities, schools and the private sector.  For more information, see ICLEI case study 96.



Balasore (India)

Basalore is one of the coastal districts of Orissa, located at the northern most part of the state.  Balasore is one of the cities considered as a potential city for the Local Renewables Model Communities project by ICLEI.

Cuttack (India)

Cuttack is the commercial capital of Orissa, and is also known as the "Millenium City".  Cuttack is one of the potential satellite cities for the Local Renewables Model Communities Network project of ICLEI.

Delhi (Indi)

With over 17 million residents, Delhi is the eighth largest metropolis in the world by population.  Especially regarding its high and growing energy demands, supplying such a city with renewable energy would be a great success.

Gwalior (India)

The administrative headquarters of Gwalior district and division, this city could be a leader in local renewable energy.  Gwalior is currently observing the Model Communities.

Jabalpur (India)

An energy efficiency CDM project involving 14 cities is underway in this city with ICLEI.  An energy efficient street lighting pilot project aims to reduce the expenditure and improve the energy efficiency in the main energy grid system.

Madurai (India)

Madurai is the oldest inhabited city in the Indian Peninsula.  Some of the efforts under this programme are Carbon Rating, City Development Bond and Urban Basic Service Programme.

Paradip (India)

Paradip or Paradeep is a city in Jagatsinghpur District of Orissa.  Paradip has been considered as one of the satellite cities by ICLEI South Asia for the Local Renewables Model Communities Network project.

Puri (India)

This city is one of the oldest cities in the eastern part of the country and is situated in the coastal Bay of Bengal.  Puri is considered by ICLEI as one of the Satellite Cities for the Local Renewables Model Communities Network project.

Rajkot (India)

Rajkot, a city of 1 million people, has committed to reduce energy consumption by 10% in the next years.  The advanced city has solar lighting, a renewable energy information centre and a building by-law requiring solar water heaters.

Tiruchirapalli (India)

Tiruchirapalli is one of the cities involved in the Climate Roadmap of South Asian Cities and the Local Renewables Model Communities Network project, thus using commitment as a means of advocacy.

Vadodara (India)

With ICLEI's help, this city has identified possible local solutions to urban environment and energy management.  ICLEI South Asia is proud to share in the first initiative of capacity building between Vadodara and Jabalpur Municipal Corporations.