There are two risks that most manufacturers are currently faced with when it comes to energy – rising costs and availability of power.

Neither of these challenges are “new” in South Africa with our power crisis being a topic of many a discussion over McDonald’s by candle light.

So what are the solutions we see in the market and how do you finance them?

Investing into alternative energy is just that – investing. Determining which solution is optimal and provides the best return on investment, as well as which service provider will implement and manage the solution, is key to financiers. The financial markets have learnt a lot about financing renewable solutions but are still very cautious about financing energy for private use.

Do your homework, bring in specialists on the technical and financial side and structure your energy efficiency project appropriately.