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About ESCo Market Development

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) in collaboration with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have established in 2017 a national register for Energy Service Companies (ESCo register). The ESCo register is an important tool to facilitate the market development and growth of ESCo’s in South Africa and will be utilized by both the public and private sector organizations to identify, plan, develop, finance or implement energy efficiency projects, including energy efficiency demand side management (EEDSM) and small-scale renewable energy embedded generation.

The register will regularly be reviewed and updated, ensuring the relevance thereof, but also providing ESCo’s with the opportunity to achieve a higher classification level as they mature. The register makes provision for the inclusion of ESCo’s across the value chain of energy services offered, e.g. Auditing, Measurement & Verification, Technology Installers, Consulting Engineers as well as full ESCo’s that provide energy services and financing.

Who Should Register?

Experience with any of the following energy management services:

  • Energy Planning
  • Energy Auditing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Engineering Design
  • Project Implementation
  • Energy Management
  • Financing and modelling of energy projects
  • Measurement & Verification of energy savings
  • Issuing of Energy Performance Certificates
  • Energy performance contracts
  • Financing of Energy Projects and Full ESCo Offering (provision of energy services and financing).

PLEASE NOTE: It is mandatory for all ESCos to be registered on Treasury’s Central Supplier Database (CSD) to be considered for inclusion on the ESCo register. Please visit https://secure.csd.gov.za from more information.

ESCo Tier Results

Tier Results 2022

Please note that the 2022 Tier results will be uploaded when evaluations are completed.

Purpose Of Register

The objective of the ESCo register is to contribute to the development of the ESCo market in South Africa. The ESCo’s selected are classified into various categories (from partial to full classification) in terms of their competencies, size and experience. In addition, incubation and capacity building measures will be designed and offered to the various ESCo categories.

Overall, the aim is to improve the quality of ESCo’s operating in the market in order to improve the quantity and quality of projects implemented.

To build a resilient energy services sector, capable of supporting transition and capacity building for smaller companies in the market.

Registration Process

Responding ESCo’s will be awarded either full or partial classification. To achieve full classification (Tier 1), respondents will have to achieve a total of at least 80% of the criteria evaluated. For partial classification (Tier 2), respondents will have to achieve a total of at least 60% of the criteria evaluated. For further incubation (Tier3) a total of 50% of the criteria have to be achieved.

Please Note: Registrations have to be completed on ESCo Portal

Table 1 – ESCo Evaluation Criteria/Scoring

# Partial Classification Weighting(%) Supporting Documentation
1 4 years’ experience = 4 points
2 years’ experience = 3 points
15 Company registration documents
2 4 clients = 4 points
3 clients = 3 points
15
2 reference letters (attached) from clients = 4 points

1 reference letter (attached) from clients = 3 points

15 Reference letters attached
2 reference letters (attached) on completed energy service projects = 4 points

1 reference letter (attached) on completed energy service projects = 3 points

15 Reference letters attached
3 4 full time technical professionals = 4 points

2 full time technical professionals = 3 points

15 Include CV’s of key personnel’s
4 Bachelor Degree for 2 employees = 4 points

Bachelor Degree for 1 employee = 3 points

10 Include CV’s of key personnel’s
5 7-9 years combined experience for full-time technical employees = 4 points

5-6 years combined experience for full-time technical employees = 3 points

15 Include CV’s of key personnel’s
Overall Classification for Table 1 Full Classification in at least 80% of the criteria evaluated, with Partially Classification in all others Partial Classification in at least 60% of the criteria evaluated. Further Incubation in at least 50% of the criteria evaluated

Energy Efficiency and Small-scale Renewable Energy Technologies:

  • Light-emitting Diode (LED) for public lighting, street lighting and buildings
  • High-efficient Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • High-efficient motors and pumps for fresh and wastewater
  • Wastewater processes
  • Cogeneration
  • Biogas
  • High efficient steam boilers / systems
  • High efficient water heating systems
  • Energy management systems and Smart Metering Small-Scale Solar (PV) systems
  • Other (to be specified)

Table 2 – Criteria on technologies and energy services for full and partial classification (As mentioned above)

Criteria Full Classification Partial Classification
No of completed projects on energy efficiency and renewable technology A minimum of 5 completed projects for specified technology A minimum of 2 completed projects for specified technology
Years of experience of team on energy efficiency and renewable technology or energy services A minimum of 5 years of combined relevant experience with the technology A minimum of 3 years of combined relevant experience with the technology

Final classification of the enterprise/ESCo: Either full or partial classification (Ranging from Tier 1, Tier 2 & Tier 3).

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