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Green Support Incentive Programme: Free renewables and energy efficiency support for SMEs in Gauteng

A joint venture by the National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED) aims to provide financial support for renewable energy implementation in Small and Medium Enterprises affected by the economic downturn of the past two years triggered by Covid-19 and further aggravated by political unrest.

The programme will fund the installation of energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies. As the funds are limited, support will be based on a first-come-first-served basis, and on condition that firms meet the pre-qualification and technical criteria. The NCPC-SA estimates that the programme budget can fund the installation of solar PV and other solutions in approximately 30 businesses in Gauteng.

The NCPC-SA, supported by the CSIR, has been conducting energy assessments for various energy-intensive businesses (especially in the manufacturing sector) as part of their Industrial Energy Efficiency Project. This project has aided companies in reducing waste and operating costs through system and behavior-based interventions as well as improving design and adopting greener technologies. Through the Green Support Incentive Programme, SMEs will be able to access these services and receive financial support to install and implement alternative (renewable) technologies.

To be eligible for application, accompany must meet all of the following basic criteria:

  • The company must fall into the designation of small or medium enterprise. No micro or large enterprises can be considered by the programme.

  • The SME must be in operation for a minimum of two (2) years – in operation before 1 March 2020.

  • Applicants must be a registered company. Proof of registration on the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) will be required.

  • All applicants must be in good standing with the South African Revenue Services (SARS), and a valid tax clearance certificate will be required.

  • The company must be domiciled within gate boundaries of the Gauteng Province. Proof of location will be required.

  • The company must provide evidence of regular and sustained electricity consumption. Proof of electricity consumption (municipal or electricity account) will be required.

Due consideration will be given to SMEs owned and operated by youth and women, with a BBBEE level of between 1 and 4. SMEs severely affected by regular power outages will be prioritized.

If your business meets all of the above criteria, and you are willing and able to provide the required documentation upon request, click here to submit your company details for consideration.

Enquiries may be emailed to Media enquiries: Julie Wells, Communication Manager, NCPC-SA:

A short list of suitable applicants will be compiled, based on the information provided.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for further application.


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