A large number of local, sustainable energy solutions are important climate solutions. Including them fully in climate plans will make it easier to reach higher ambitions in climate mitigation and adaptation. It is also essential to include the local solutions when assessing progress in climate action with the Global Stocktake (GST), in order to get a full picture of the progress of climate action, as well as the potentials for further actions. With this paper, we showcase local energy solutions that are important for climate action, with examples from South Asia, but with relevance for many world regions. We also highlight how and why to include them in climate plans and GST.