Generally speaking the market requires intelligent solutions capable of delivering greater independence and reduced operational costs.

The primary objective of energy solutions is to maximise companies’ profits by reducing the energy-related and opportunity costs in order to achieve the company’s targets and expectations.

This primary objective can be achieved by a combination of activities including, but not limited to the following:
  • Ensure reliability of energy usage to keep production losses at a minimum.
  • Improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption, which can help reduce energy costs.
  • Reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses and improve air quality.
  • Cultivate efficient communication on energy matters.
  • Develop and maintain effective energy monitoring, reporting and management strategies.
  • Find new and improved ways to increase returns from energy investments by continuous research and development.
  • Develop an interest in and dedication to the energy management programme from all the employees.
  • Reduce the impact of interruption in the supply of energy.
  • Ensure long-term affordability of energy.
  • Include energy efficiency, reliability and sustainability in the client’s strategic planning and management.
  • Position the client in the market as a leading competitor in the industry by managing its energy usage in a competitive and sustainable manner.
From a design point of view, systems should be technically implementable with acceptable interference with operations. It should be legal, maintenance costs must be acceptable and the quality of the system must be guaranteed to the client.

Furthermore the cost to manage this risk should be discounted against production losses and should be feasible.

Most importantly the performance of the system should be clearly recorded, understood and signed-off between the various stakeholders. This is the main area were things go wrong.

From a financial point of view the investment should be equal or better than current alternative investment opportunities resulting in an acceptable IRR.

  • The investment must be verifiable.
  • IRR between ± 12% to ± 50% is possible.
  • Break-even between ± 3 to ± 8 years.
From a technical stand point, Grid Code Compliance is not negotiable and general standards requirements such as SANS 10142 — Wiring of Premises, NRS 097 — Grid Interconnection and NRS 048 — Quality of Supply should be adhered to.