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

Green Economy Innovations for Service Delivery Conference – All presentations now available online

In partnership with the City of Cape Town’s Department of Enterprise and Investment, GreenCape hosted a two-day Green Economy Innovation for Service Delivery Conference on the interactive Enlit Africa digital… Read more

Designated Local Content Market Intelligence Supplier Database

The Preferential Procurement Regulations, 2017 ("the regulations") issued in terms of section 5 of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000 (Act No. Read more


Industry Brief: Financing Rooftop Solar PV

GreenCape has published a new industry brief titled "Financing Rooftop Small Scale Embedded Generation: Unlocking the energy potential for your business through innovative green finance". Read more

Industry Brief: SSEG Licensing and Registration

GreenCape has published a new industry brief titled "Small Scale Embedded Generation: Registration vs. application for connection". Read more