Energy assessment assistance for small businesses

Submitted by: Amanda Botes, Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Energy is a vital part of any business and accounts for one of the highest expenditures that a company faces. Conducting an energy audit is the first step to try and manage energy use as it identifies the sources of energy.  However this can be a costly exercise for small businesses. 

The good news is that the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project, a project driven by the United Nations of Industrial Development (UNIDO), is offering the service of conducting a subsidised energy assessment for small businesses in South Africa.

What does the assessment include?

The assessment involves an initial visit to the company where a specialist conducts an energy audit and identifies focus areas for energy reduction. A report is then compiled which includes energy statistics and offers recommendations for the company to make energy savings.  This assessment will also develop a baseline that can be used for future comparisons.  An energy assessment can help to save a company money and also will assist with the development of a formal energy management system.

Which businesses qualify for this subsidised assessment?

The Industrial Energy Efficiency Project uses the following criteria to select small and medium enterprises (SME’s) for this assessment:

  1. The SME must have at least 1 primary energy source (e.g. electricity, coal, heavy fuel oil, etc.).
  2. The SME must have at least 1 secondary energy source (e.g. steam, compressed air, pump, fans etc.).
  3. The SME must also use above R250 000 of electricity per year.

The Industrial Energy Efficiency Project focuses on low cost and easy to implement options and recommends that small businesses start off with making behavioural changes before investing in energy efficient technologies as these changes have no costs associated with them.

Who can I contact to apply for this funding?

For more Information contact Johlene Narayadu.

The project runs until the end of 2013 and funding is limited.

Amanda Botes