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The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) in collaboration with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and through the support of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have established 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. The ESCo register is designed to classify ESCo’s into classification, either fully or partially. The classifications are in the form of Tiers, namely Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3, where Tier 1 are the fully qualified ESCo’s and Tier 2 are partially and younger qualified ESCo’s. Whereas, the classification of ESCo’s in the three Tiers are not permanent, as the idea is for ESCo’s to move up in the Tier as they gain more experience, receive further training and implement more projects.

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