SAPOA educates members on energy efficiency

Posted On Wednesday, 07 October 2009 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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In a quest to help its members cope with the challenges of becoming energy efficient, The South African Property Owners’ Association (SAPOA) – representing the commercial and industrial property industry - has embarked on a national educational roadshow.

Sapoa CEO Neil GopalIn a quest to help its members cope with the challenges of becoming energy efficient, The South African Property Owners’ Association (SAPOA) – representing the commercial and industrial property industry - has embarked on a national educational roadshow.

Chairman of SAPOA’s Energy Efficiency Task Team, Douw De Kock and Group Utility Manager at Broll says, “The roadshow addresses the vulnerability of the industry in the face of the energy crisis. It also serves to advise what companies can do to become part of a sustainable solution that aims to preserve and extend limited energy resources.”

The industry faces a number of challenges, including multiple tariff increases, the proposed Power Conservation Programme, which doesn’t cater for the specific needs of the industry, as well as dependence on a government electricity supply that is not guaranteed to be sufficient.   
 De Kock says that the roadshow offers a number of steps that any organisation can implement as part of an energy efficiency project.
 
“The best way to save is to not use electricity in the first place, but the more realistic solution is to have a defined process that assesses every possibility and that ultimately gets a business to adopt a solution to meet its specific requirements,” says De Kock. SAPOA’s roadshow takes delegates through a number of actions geared to energy efficiency. De Kock says, “The first step is to identify consumption areas by using reliable intelligent metering and to check the accuracy of bulk accounts. This will help to identify areas where interventions will have the biggest impact with the lowest cost associated.”

Based on this assessment, companies are then able to determine their energy efficiency strategy and policy going forward. Here, it’s important to confirm targets and have a good understanding of consumption patterns, as well as the drivers of these.

Energy management, another important step, should encompass policies and procedures, technology to facilitate disconnections, remote sensors, climate control and lighting measures.  Once in place, an energy management plan must have measurements in place to confirm savings and to confirm a rate of return.

The roadshow also educates attendees on renewable energy sources, including wind generation, micro turbines, solar and independent power producers. CEO of SAPOA, Neil Gopal says, “We are committed to the principles of energy conservation for the benefit of our members and as the voice of the industry, we aim to provide relevant, accurate information that will empower companies. This has a material benefit for all concerned.”



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