How do I start a retail energy business with Eskom being the...

How do I start a retail energy business with Eskom being the only provider in South Africa?


There are retail opportunities within the energy industry, especially in terms of renewable and green energy solutions.

Private-sector participation is allowed

In 2003, Cabinet approved private-sector participation in the electricity industry and decided that power generation capacity will be divided between Eskom (70%) and independent power producers, or IPPs (30%). Go to the government energy website for more information regarding independent power producers in South Africa.

Find research information

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has undertaken research into the resale or retail market and they would be able to assist you as well. You could also look into becoming a reseller of bulk pre-paid electricity. Upgrading your research skills will also assist you in determining the gaps and needs within the local market.

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