First Look™

A powerful online database application, which analyses electricity and water invoices
providing clear Key Performance Indicators and Benchmarks, aimed at saving costs.

What is First Look™

What is First Look™

For schools to be able to understand how their electricity and water consumption compare with schools of similar characteristics, Suntricity has created the online application First Look!

The application analyses schools utility invoices (Electricity and Water) tracking costs and consumption over a minimum period of three years. Key Performance Indicators then illustrates the consumption (in kWh, KL and Rand) clearly indicating historical consumption and costs.

First Look is accessible online by authorised representatives and SGB Members of schools.

Why is First Look™ Important


Very limited information is available on the consumption and cost of water and electricity in schools. The implication is that statistics relating to average costs and consumption is at best patchy, with average consumption per pupil per day basically not known. Historical consumption data are simply not being tracked, consumption “benchmarks” does not exist and information is certainly not being shared at any level in the Education Sector.

This is precisely the positioning...First Look provides these benchmark!!!

Schools’ Administrators and SGB’s are empowered through easily accessible information of all the school’s electricity and water consumption, via the online platform, therefore enabling informed decisions to effect electricity and water efficiency and significant cost saving.



Suntricity is totally aware that the invoices being provided by schools is at minimum, of a sensitive nature. It's not that the information is not in the public is. However, the data provided is solely destined to provide valuable information to schools, in order to affect change and save money.

We therefore guarantee that:

  • The invoices provided by the schools are confidential and will be treated as such.
  • All data uploaded to the First Look platform is Confidential to the individual school.
  • Suntricity shall not publish nor circulate nor identify the details of any individual school for any reason whatsoever.
  • All data is stored on a secure server.

We do however publish the collective data of all schools on the database on the "Home Page" of the First Look™ Platform, and we will publish data of the consumption of individual schools, although the details of no individual school can be identified.

We take this responsibility very seriously and understand the level of trust that comes with it.

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When we receive our Utility Bill (electricity or water), most of us tend to do one thing…and one thing only: Look at the total charge for the month!!! If the value is more or less within the ballpark of normal, we feel a sense of relief and pay.The actual details of consumption (in kWh or KL) barely gets a glance; nor the number of days the invoice relates to; cost per kWh, or KL, or the fact that ±50% of the water bill considers Sanitation/Sewage, etc, etc.

Through the introduction of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), First Look, provides “benchmarks” and simple visual references of consumption and cost trends over a 4 years period, enabling the school’s Administrators with valuable indicators, from which informed decisions can be taken.

Presently, four main KPI’s have presently been created. These are:

  • Monthly Consumption & Cost: How does this month invoice consumption and cost compare with the last 4 years.
  • Annual Consumption: How does your present annual consumption and costs compare to the last three years.
  • Cost Breakdown: What portion of your invoice is directly related to electricity and water.
  • Consumption per Pupil: What is the cost per pupil per day of electricity and water (see this article for further explanation of Consumption per pupil per day).

As the application evolves, further important KPI’s will be added to bring further clarity, which will include:

  • Is the invoice based on actual or estimated readings;
  • Comparison between Municipal Invoices and ESKOM Invoices;
  • Historical cost per kWh and KL;
  • Projected costs per kWh and KL;
  • A “league table” of the most efficient schools on the application;
  • And More…

In order for First Look to develop as a Platform, Suntricity has decided to add invoice data for the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 to the Platform at NO COST (yes we mean FREE OF CHARGE) to Schools in Gauteng.

For further information, please send an e-mail to us, requesting details of this offer to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.