Standard Merchant is independent, entrepreneurial, and innovative. We value independence, professionalism and strategic, innovative thinking.

Standard Merchant recognises significant opportunities across Africa as renewable energy has changed the face of South Africa (and Africa as a continent).

The global energy transition is underway and mainstream investors, particularly in South Africa, are starting to take notice. We venture beyond traditional corporate finance to offer and enhance value.

Besides its green benefits, renewable energy systems are becoming an alternative to grid supply. It is a hedge against future electricity price increases and grants and other funding make it quite attractive.”

South Africa is fortunate in that, over and above its rich coal resources, it is also well endowed with non-depletable renewal energy sources, notably solar energy and wind energy. The country has an average of more than 2,500 hours of sunshine per year and average direct solar radiation levels range between 4.5 and 6.5kWh/m2 per day, placing it in the top-3 in the world.

Companies wishing to develop or improve renewable energy projects also known as alternative energy can approach Standard Merchant for renewable energy finance or alternative energy finance.

Reasons to become energy smart

  • Save money: Average Eskom electricity prices have increased by 300% over the past eight years.
  • Back up supply solution: Power supply interruptions can have a negative effect on any business. Renewable energy combined with battery storage can form part of a backup solution that will ensure continued productivity.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions: Every 1 000 kilowatt-hour of renewable energy avoids one tonne of carbon dioxide emissions. With the recent global agreement on climate change, growing consumer pressure and increasing regulation all driving towards a low-carbon economy, renewable energy can help businesses on that journey