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Energy Efficiency in Industrial & Commercial Buildings in South Africa

By ENGIE South Africa

Call for project closed the 21|11|17

ENGIE Southern Africa is seeking innovative solutions from start-ups, innovative SMEs and entrepreneurs to address the energy efficiency challenges currently being faced by industrial and commercial buildings in South Africa. The successful applicant will benefit from a collaborative development and win-win business partnership with ENGIE.


  • Green Power Energy Solutions
  • Core Focus (Pty) Ltd
  • Energy Intelligence Consulting

Suject of the call for project

Industrial and Commercial Buildings are at the centre of our daily lives, we spend the majority of our time in this space. The primary focus of this Call for Projects is improved Energy Efficiency within these buildings, if possible using a digitalised solution with the chief goal of:

  • reducing energy wastage, 
  • optimising energy processes, 
  • and providing solutions that are applicable to building owners, facility managers and/or end users. 

Earnings and benefits

Earnings and Benefits: 

The successful applicant will benefit from a collaborative development and win-win business partnership with ENGIE with access to:

  • Potential for development funding from ENGIE (the amount and timing of funding will be at ENGIE’s discretion, based on evaluation of the proposal, its merits and its potential for value creation),
  • Co-development of a pilot project with the ENGIE Southern Africa team,
  • Technical and expert support from ENGIE and its partners if applicable,
  • Implementation on a broader scale (pending success of pilot project),
  • Access to our network and contacts,
  • Visibility at special events organized or sponsored by ENGIE if applicable.

Deadline for Submission

15 November 2017

Description of the call for projects

Detailed Description 

ENGIE Southern Africa is committed to building a sustainable future for us all, starting by working towards an energy efficient culture in South Africa

Energy Efficiency and Digitalisation is a core strategic objective of ENGIE.  Interested participants must, with due consideration for originality of concept, digitalisation and localisation, direct their efforts towards the following aspects of Energy Efficiency, including but not limited to:  

  • Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC, Water Heating, Insulation Systems & Controls)  
  • Lighting (Office Lighting Systems & Controls)
  • Auxiliary Consumption (Office Equipment & Associated Power Consumption)
  • Building Management Systems (Smart or Digital Solutions for Energy Efficiency)

The proposed solution(s) may address any major or minor process step of the Energy Efficiency Value Chain, outlined as follows: 

  • Energy Requirements and Procurement
  • Energy Consumption and Usage 
  • Energy Monitoring and Analysis
  • Operations and Maintenance 
  • Customer Service

NB: Solutions may incorporate one or more of the above process steps.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria: 

  • Candidates from South Africa and Africa are preferable 
  • Relevance to the topic
  • Originality or Innovative nature of the solution
  • Coherence of the proposed business model
  • Feasibility/economic viability
  • Development potential
  • Maturity of the project/solution
  • Energy efficiency
  • Ability to launch the project quickly 
  • Price/quality ratio
  • Return on investment
  • Ease of implementation
  • Digitalisation
  • Localisation and where possible Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)
  • Winning solutions must be based or be deployable in South Africa

Selection Procedure: 

  • Participants are to submit a business case proposal that details the proposed solution, project economics and anticipated development and implementation plan
  • Short listed participants will be required to deliver a presentation to a selection panel in person or by virtual conference
  • A finalist will be selected and announced 


  • Launch: 15 Sep 2017 
  • Deadline for applications: 15 Nov 2017
  • Evaluation & selection: 16 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
  • Finalists pitch: 15 Jan 2018 - 12 Feb 2018
  • Winners announcement: 12 Feb 2018 - 26 Feb 2018

Selection Committee:

The selection committee will consist of members from:

  • ENGIE Africa Business Unit Southern Africa Development Team
  • ENGIE Métier Business Units Engie Group Subject Matter Experts 

About the ENGIE Group 

ENGIE, the world’s largest independent power producer, develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) in more than 70 countries around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy.
ENGIE works closely with entrepreneurs, startups and experts to innovate and co-create solutions that are designed to meet the energy needs of tomorrow: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and rational use of resources. 
ENGIE Innovation is the Group’s open innovation platform serving to get in touch with all innovators in the field of ENGIE’s activity and more specifically in six key sectors: Sustainable Mobility, Energy Communities, Smart Buildings, Territories, Hydrogen and Energy Storage. Calls for projects enable ENGIE Business Units to develop new solutions and offers thanks to win-win cooperation with startups proposing innovations which do not exist within the Group.
Since 2014, ENGIE has launched 67 calls for projects, receiving more than 1,900 applications on its innovation platform ( from startups and rewarding more than 50 winners.

About ENGIE Africa

ENGIE has been present in Africa for more than 50 years, and has built a solid reputation through facility management, engineering consultancy and the provision of energy efficiency services across the continent. In more recent years the group has expanded its business by managing the development and operation of thermal power and renewable energy assets in several African countries, the details of which can be found on the ENGIE BU Africa webpage (
The Group is now committed to contribute to Africa’s sustainable growth by developing more projects in gas infrastructure, centralized and decentralized power production, electricity and gas distribution, as well as providing energy solutions and services in the B2B and B2C sector to address Africa’s evolving energy challenges. 

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