Free and subsidised technical energy efficiency support and energy assessments available for small, medium and large companies

Submitted by: Abigail Knox, Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Small, medium and large companies can register on the Private Sector Energy Efficiency (PSEE) website to receive a free or subsidised technical energy efficiency support and energy assessments before March 2015. “The purpose of the PSEE project is to promote energy efficient ways to save money in South African businesses”, explained Valerie Geen of the National Business Initiative (NBI).

The NBI has been awarded £8,6 million by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) to implement the PSEE project. The funding aims to contribute to the South African government’s strategy for reducing energy demand and is governed by a Steering Committee led by the Department of Energy. The following PSEE offerings for small, medium and large companies are available until March 2015.

Small Businesses with an energy bill of less than R750,000 per year are eligible for:

  • Unlimited remote online/telephonic advice and company support
  • Workshops, information guides, tools and awareness raising material

Small businesses are invited to register their interest in the PSEE project by submitting an online application here.

Medium Businesses with an energy bill between R750,000 and R45 million per year are eligible for:

  • Up to four days of direct support from certified independent consultants
  • A general assessment, reviewing your energy use, identifying energy savings opportunities and developing a suggested implementation plan; or
  • An in-depth look at opportunities in a specific technology area (subject to approval).

Medium businesses are invited to apply for these free services provided by the PSEE project by submitting an online application here.

Large Businesses with an energy bill of more than R45 million per year are eligible for:

  • Up to 60 days of support tailored to the organisation’s requirements
  • Preparation or review of a company energy baseline
  • Internal stakeholder engagement and mobilisation
  • Business case development, examining the overall understanding of energy use / carbon emissions and associated risks / opportunities
  • Opportunity identification, generating and evaluating ideas for holistic cost-effective energy efficiency / emission reductions
  • An implementation plan and prioritising energy saving options
  • Managing the implementation process
  • Advanced engagements targeting specific strategic-level interventions such as: training, technology analysis, feasibility studies, supply chain engagement, etc.

Large organisations will be expected to contribute at least 40% of the total cost of services provided. Large businesses are invited to apply for these subsidised services provided by the PSEE project by submitting an online application here.

The PSEE project aims to target 2,500 small businesses, 1,000 medium businesses and 60 large businesses across South Africa.  In KwaZulu-Natal, the eThekwini Municipality's Energy Office and the KZN Department of Economic Development have committed to raising awareness of the PSEE project in KZN. “We would like to see that at least 10% of all the businesses that benefit from the project come from KZN; we will assist in promoting the PSEE project so that at least 250 small KZN businesses, 100 medium KZN businesses and 6 large KZN businesses benefit from this opportunity”, said Derek Morgan, of the eThekwini Municipality’s Energy Office.

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Abigail Knox