Energy Services

Market intelligence

GreenCape’s energy efficiency sector desk's Market Intelligence Report is aimed at investors and businesses who are currently active or interested in entering the energy efficiency sector in South Africa, and the Western Cape specifically. It provides an overview of the market, including the key players, legislation and regulation, opportunities and challenges, key developments and achievements.

Opportunities: Fast facts

  • Growth of the energy services market over the past years has been spurred by energy security concerns – stemming from rising electricity costs, combined with decreasing technology costs
  • Increased uptake of rooftop PV, showing growth of more than 330% in less than a year
  • Increased use of ESCO financing model in the energy services market
  • Large retailers are uniquely positioned to influence not only their own sustainable energy programme but also that of their suppliers to adopt energy efficient practices and embedded generation.
  • Array of supporting incentives for energy services have made for a conducive marketplace, from the various Section 12 tax incentives, to myriad financing mechanisms from international and local financiers.
  • Solar PV systems have been designated for public entities, giving a boost to local manufacturers of key components – such as PV panels, inverters, mounting structures etc.

GreenCape’s work in this space

The energy services sector, which forms an integral part of GreenCape’s energy programme, aims to support the growth of the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries in South Africa.

The term energy services has been used to encompass these two market segments, as service providers in the energy space are increasingly offering holistic solutions to end users, which include options of both efficiency and own generation or combinations of both. This is achieved by building and maintaining key relationships between actors across the value chain, growing our understanding of the space, identifying and unlocking barriers to investments and most importantly providing key industry players with valuable and objective market insights.  All of which aligns itself with GreenCape’s mandate of unlocking investment opportunities and creating jobs.

Key reading

The resources listed here are essential reading, which provide a greater overview of the opportunities in this sector. For other related tools, resources and information see the Library.

News and events

Associate Applications are now open for the Ba...

The Barclays Accelerator is hiring 9 very talented entrepreneurs, designers & developers to join the Associate program for the upcoming program based in Cape Town (May – August 2017). Read more
Call for applications: 2017 GCIP-SA business b...

Applications for the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme of SA (GCIP-SA) are now open and the closing date is 26th April 2017. Read more
Call for applications: 2017 SAB Foundation Tho...

Applications are now open for the Thoalana Enterprise Programme. Applications can be submitted online through the SAB website. Read more


SA Business Funding Directory

This directory (link on the left) provides South African businesses and entrepreneurs with information on available business funding particularly for small and medium sized businesses. Read more
Small Scale Embedded Generation in the Western...

The Western Cape Government and local municipalities have a chance to play a proactive role in the shifting energy landscape and have committed to doing so through the Energy Security... Read more
Useful links on the Western Cape's green econo...

Useful links below on the Western Cape's green economy. Read more