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Ameresco Begins Phase Two MUSC Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2019-09-30
In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting work is underway on the second phase of a $43 million, comprehensive energy savings performance contract (ESPC) energy savings project at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

Ameresco's work will include replacement of campus lighting fixtures with high-efficiency LEDs, installation of building automation and control systems, upgrading HVAC systems and chiller plant optimization, an equipment operation and maintenance training program for MUSC employees, and others. (Source: Ameresco, Bus.Wire, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

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Efficiency Projects Cut School's Energy Use 43 pct (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2019-09-09
In Montana, Kalispell Public Schools is reporting completion of approximately $4 million in energy efficiency and energy saving projects. The upgrades included switched out approximately 29,000 fluorescent and halogen bulbs to energy-efficient LEDs for a 43 pct reduction in energy usage across the school district. Other projects included water efficiency retrofits, HVAC improvements; boiler and domestic hot water heater replacements, and others. The upgrades delivered a nealy 15 pct reduction in natural gas usage, an 18 pct drop in electrical demand and a 13 pct water usage, excluding irrigation, by 21 pct.

Projects were completed under Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) and funded through zero-interest U.S. Department of Education Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, grants, rebates and some district funds. The projects were completed by energy efficiency and renewable specialist Ameresco. (Source: Daily Inter Lake, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

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Ameresco Nails School Dist. Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2019-08-14
In the Golden State, Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco is reporting completion of an energy efficiency project with Lynwood Unified School District. The completed project is expected to cut the district's utility costs roughly $234,000 per year.

The two-phased project began in August 2015 and reached commercial operations in February 2019. Seven of the district’s least energy efficient elementary schools, along with its administrative office building, were retrofitted with LED lighting, web-based energy management, wireless lighting control systems and upgraded HVAC systems. (Source: Ameresco, Renewable Energy, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

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Ameresco Advocates for Renewable Natural Gas (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2019-08-02
In testimony at recent EPA hearings on 2020 Renewable Fuel Volume Standards and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), Framingham, Mass.-based RBG developer and renewables and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. Senior Project Manager Jeff Stander noted -- "We strongly encourage the EPA to set the 2020 cellulosic biofuel RVO to account for at least 650 million gallons of RNG."

Stander led the 2018 development of Ameresco's RNG production facility at the Woodland Meadows Landfill in Canton, Michigan and was one of several industry experts representing the RNG Coalition at the EPA public hearing on July 31 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, for the EPA's proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2020, according to the release.

Ameresco has developed 39 beneficial use projects involving biogas at wastewater treatment plants and landfills, including three RNG facilities in Arizona, Michigan and Texas that participate in the RFS program. The RNG facilities generate D3 Cellulosic Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) and provide transportation fuel that is injected into the natural gas pipeline grid.

Since 2014, the EPA has recognized the use of RNG to meet fuel volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). RNG makes up more than 95 pct of the renewable fuel used to meet the RFS cellulosic biofuel requirement, according to the Ameresco release. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 31 July, 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Jeff Stander, Senior Project Developer, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  RNG,  RFS,  


Ameresco Transforming Mass. Landfill into Solar Site (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2019-06-12
In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc., reports it has inked an agreement with the Town of Westport (pop. 15,500+-) to install a 622 KW-DC ground-mounted solar panel system at the city's closed landfill.

Ameresco will design, construct, operate and maintain the solar facility at its own expense. Ameresco is leasing the site from the city and making an annual Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) to the town. The regional utility Eversource will purchase renewable energy from the project which is expected to come online this August. (Source: Amerseco, PR, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Town of Westport: Tim King, Selectman, Energy Committee, (508) 636-1150, kingt@westport-ma.gov; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , Leila Dillon, (508) 661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Renewable Energy,  Solar,  


40,000 LEDs Slated for Chicago Smart Lighting Rollout (Ind. Report)
Amerseco,Chicago Department of Transportation
Date: 2019-04-29
In the Windy City, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reporting the Chicago Smart Lighting Program (CSLP) will install new 40,000 new energy efficient LED lights in portions of the far South Side, Near West Side and North Side. Installations in the current phase will be continuing through to August, when the City expects to reach the halfway point of the four-year project. The mayor previously noted a switch to longer-lived, energy efficient LED lighting could save the city as much as $100 million over 10 years.

The modernization is being implemented by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) in coordination with the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) and the Department of Innovation and Technology. The contracted programme is being implemented by Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco. (Source: City of Chicago, Construction Index, 29 April, 2019) Contact: Ameresco, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com; Chicago Department of Transportation, (312) 744-3600, www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdot.html

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National City Set for Energy Conserv. Project Launch (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2019-02-22
In the Golden State, National City -- in the San Diego metropolitan area -- reports it is set to launch a citywide energy and water conservation project expected to save $5.6 million in energy costs over the next 25 years.

The project is being funded by a $1.8 million bond designed to allow public agencies to finance renewable energy projects and took out a $3.7 million tax-exempt lease to pay for the project upfront. The city plans to pay off the lease and bond over the next 25 years with the savings generated by the lower consumption of energy and water at the 12 city facilities included in the project.

The project work to be completed includes:

  • Rooftop solar panels installed at City Hall, the police station, the public library, a fire station, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community and ARTS centers;

  • Low-flush toilets and urinals put in place in restrooms at almost all of the 12 facilities, including Las Palmas and Kimball parks and the Kimball Senior and Manuel Portillo Casa de Salud Youth centers;

  • Upgraded heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment at almost all locations, excluding Las Palmas and Kimball parks;

  • Irrigation controllers at eight facilities, excluding the Kimball Senior Center, Fire Station 34, the Public Works Department and the Casa de Salud Center.

    The project , which is expected to get under before the month end, has been in the works since 2014, when the city partnered with Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency specialist Ameresco , which will carryout the project work. (Source: San Diego Union Tribune, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ameresco (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  


  • Ameresco Closes on Maximum Solar Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, Maximum Solar
    Date: 2019-01-18
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting acquisition of Acton, Massachusetts-based solar operations and maintenance specialist Maximum Solar. As part of this acquisition, Ameresco will further develop its in-house services to operate and maintain solar facilities, enhancing existing capabilities while using the latest technologies. Financial details of the transaction were not undisclosed.

    Maximum Solar presently service more than 150 MW of solar of various sizes in the northeastern U.S. Services include complete O&M contracts, remote monitoring, facility reporting, electrical testing, inspections, trouble-shooting and repair, aerial and ground based thermal imaging, preventative maintenance, and others. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Maximum Solar, Brett Chapman, Pres., (978) 429-8216, www.maximumsolar.com; Ameresco (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Ameresco,  


    Wichita County OKs Ameresco Energy Efficiency Project (Ind Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2018-11-28
    In Texas, Wichita County Utility reports it is in talks with Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewables and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco on integrating more efficient utility and electrical systems in commercial, government and industrial buildings. The county presently spends about $560,000 for electricity, natural gas and water.

    Upgrades such as energy-efficient lighting, thermostat controls, window tinting and faucet aerators could save the county more than $113,000 each year. An additional $116,000-$117,000 per year in outdated equipment operation and maintenance could also be saved by the upgrades. Upgrading would also qualify the county for a one-time $22,000 incentive from Oncor. (Source: City of Witchita Falls, Wichita Falls Times Record News , 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Witchita Falls, www.wichitafallstx.gov; Ameresco (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ameresco Inks San Antonio AFB Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Mission Solar Energy
    Date: 2018-10-24
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewables and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting receipt of a self-funding Energy Savings Performance Contract that includes ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) services, from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Energy for the implementation of a $133.5 million energy resilient infrastructure project at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) in Texas.

    Under the terms of the contract, Ameresco will provide solar, energy efficiency and reliability upgrades to 900 buildings across five military installations. The company will build a microgrid integrating 20 MW of new onsite energy photovoltaic (PV) assets, 4 MW of gas fired backup generation and 4 MW/8 MWh of battery energy storage.

    Under the ESPC contract, more than 14.7 million square feet of buildings will receive; energy and water conservation upgrades designed to cut building energy consumption by 24 pct annually; HVAC management control systems; over 2 million gallons of thermal energy storage; more than 140,000 new LED lighting systems and building envelope improvements. To support energy assurance, Ameresco will install new onsite distributed energy assets capable of islanding from the electric utility, including a combined heat and power (CHP) system comprised of nine microturbines for a total capacity of 585 kW, 4-MW of natural gas-fired standby generation and an 11.7-MW groundmount solar PV array at the Security Hill Landfill at Lackland Air Force Base and over 5 MW of roof-mount PV at Fort Sam Houston.

    Ameresco selected San Antonio-based Mission Solar Energy to manufacture and provide over 54,200,370 W of "Buy-American" compliant solar modules to be used in the project. The ESPC is guaranteed to provide $8.7 million in annual energy savings to JBSA. (Source: Ameresco, Solar Power, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, Nicole A. Bulgarino, Exec. VP GM Federal Solutions, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Energy, www.dla.mil/Energy/Contact

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    Ameresco, USAF Ink $143Mn Energy Conserv. Contract (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has secured a 22-year, $143 million contract to support energy conservation efforts within Joint Base San Antonio in Texas.

    The U.S. Air Force (USAF) Civil Engineer Center said Friday the contract covers the installation of 20 MW of renewable energy systems within JBSA's fence line and modernization of energy security through microgrid control technologies. The company will also modernize heating, ventilation, air conditioning energy management control systems and additional HVAC thermal energy storage, among other things, at 900 buildings across the military installation.

    The work is expected to reduce energy consumption in JBSA facilities by 24 pct. (Source: Ameresco, GovCon Wire, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Conservation,  Renewable Energy,  


    Ameresco Snares Hawaii Energy Company Chelsea Group (M&A)
    Amersco
    Date: 2018-09-10
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has acquired Honolulu-based Chelsea Group Limited, a building science and design engineering consulting firm, for an undisclosed price.

    Ameresco provides comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe. Chelsea Group specializes in engineering services, building science and asset value. Its services include design engineering, commissioning, project management, construction management and ongoing services. Chelsea Group engineers conduct detailed building assessments to develop cost-effective infrastructure improvements. (Source: Ameresco, Metro West Daily News, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com; Chelsea Group, www.chelsea-grp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ameresco Completes Stewart Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. is reporting the completion of an energy efficiency project serving the municipal government buildings of Stewart County, Tennessee.

    Under the $515,960 Energy Services Agreement, Ameresco guaranteed an annual energy savings to the County through 2028. Funding for the project was complemented with a $250,000 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant and over $20,000 in utility rebates and rate savings. Energy efficiency improvements included high efficiency LED lighting and lighting controls, new windows and doors, HVAC and boiler control upgrades at the Courthouse, County Library, Courthouse Annex, Administrative Building, and three EMS Facilities which provide ambulatory services. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ameresco (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

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    Chicago LED Streetlight Modernization Program Lauded (Ind. Report)
    Chicago
    Date: 2018-08-22
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reports the Chicago Smart Lighting Program (CSLP) installed new lights in all of the city's 50 wards in its first year.

    To date more than 76,000 new LED smart streetlight fixtures have been installed as part of the four-year modernization program implemented by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). Upon completion, the program will have replaced 270,000 of the city's outdated High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights. The city is also installing a citywide lighting management system that will alert the City when lights need service.

    The switch to LEDs is expected to slash the city's streetlight electricity costs by more than half for a savings of $100 million over 10 years. The switch to LEDs is also expected to qualify for as much as $35 million in ComEd energy efficiency rebates.

    The program, which was procured by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) in coordination with CDOT and the Department of Innovation and Technology, will be implmented by Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc. (Source: City of Chicago, PR, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: Chicago Smart Lighting Program, http://chicagosmartlighting.org


    Ameresco Completes DEA Texas Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2018-08-20
    Following up on our 29 Novemberm 2017 coverage, Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting completion of a 2.5-mW solar energy system near the U.S.-Mexico border to help power a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Intelligence Center at Fort Bliss In El Paso, Texas. The installation incorporates more than 7,340 solar panels and is expected to reduce the facility's electric power costs by at least $9.2 million over 20 years.

    Ameresco will own and operate the system for 20 years through the U.S. DOE Energy Savings Performance Contract program. On the energy efficiency side, the project included the replacement of more than 1,400 interior and exterior lighting fixtures with high-efficiency LED lights. (Source: Ameresc, PR, 18 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration El Paso, www.dea.gov/divisions/elp/elp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Solar,  


    Ameresco's Scottish Colleges Energy Efficiency Projects Completed (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2018-02-23
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting completion of $3.7-million energy savings projects at four colleges in Scotland. The project is the first large, multi-site energy performance contract delivered through the Scotland government Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency Framework. It's also the first higher education contract in Scotland for Ameresco's UK operation.

    Installations and improvements included LED lighting and controls, a combined heat and power system, controls optimization, variable speed drives and CO2 sensing, natural gas conversion, smart occupancy controls, low flow-taps and showers, building envelope improvements, and transformer tap downs.

    Each college -- Edinburgh College, Borders College, Newbattle Abbey College and West Lothian College -- is expected to save nearly $370,000 each year and to cut its carbon emissions by an average of 24 pct. (Source: Ameresco, WBJournal, 22 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ameresco, DEA El Paso Ink Energy Efficiency, Solar ESPC (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2017-11-29
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered reneweable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has contracted with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for energy efficiency upgrades and construction of a 2.47 MW solar energy system at the El Paso Intelligence Center at Fort Bliss, Texas.

    The Energy Saving Performance Contract (ESPC) was awarded to Ameresco under the ESPC ENABLE program -- a streamlined process for small federal agency projects to leverage third-party financed energy technologies in six months or less.

    Ameresco will finance, build, own and operate the solar system for a period of 20 years and will also upgrade more than 1,400 inefficient interior and exterior lighting fixtures to high-efficiency LEDs. The entire ESPC is expected to save the DEA more than $9.2 million in energy costs over 20 years. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, news@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration El Paso, www.dea.gov/divisions/elp/elp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco ,  Energy Efficiency,  Solar,  LED Light,  


    Ameresco, BlueWave Complete Mass. Solar Farms (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Blue Wave Solar
    Date: 2017-08-21
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc., Boston-based Blue Wave and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts are reporting completion of five solar arrays in Hopedale and Mendon, Mass. next month. Blue Cross Blue Shield will purchase 2.6 megawatts of net metering credits from the five community solar projects which have a combined 6.9 MW of renewable energy.

    When fully operational, the five projects will increase the states community solar power by about 13 pct and cut carbon emissions by approximately 6,300 metric tpy. (Source: Ameresco, WBJournal.com, Aug 18, 2017) Contact: Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; Blue Wave Solar, (844) 786-4100, www.bluewavesolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Solar,  Community Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    Ameresco, LCCC Ink GESA Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2017-08-11
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has contracted with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) in Ticoke, Pennsylvania to renew and upgrade the school's energy infrastructure and institute energy efficiency measures.

    The nearly $8 million Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project is expected to earn the College $122,757 in energy rebates and incentives and deliver more than $576,000 annually in energy savings for the next 15 years.

    The project includes energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades to 474,900 square feet of space in 17 campus buildings and and consists of 16 Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that will prove entirely self-funded within the 15-year repayment term. Work on the projec t is slated to get underway this fall. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 10 Aug., 2017) Contact: Luzerne County Community College,: Lisa Nelson, 570-740-0732, www.luzerne.edu; Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Bldg. Energy Efficiency Tax Incentive Stressed (Ind. Report)
    Regional Economic Models Inc
    Date: 2017-05-26
    According to a study by Regional Economic Models Inc. (REMI), 77,000 or more new design and construction jobs would be created annually over 10 years -- along with almost $7.4 billion more in annual GDP -- if Congress and the Trump Administration continue an important energy efficiency tax policy, the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction (Sec. 179D). The deduction allows qualifying building owners and businesses to receive up to a $1.80 per square foot tax deduction for certain energy efficient improvements placed into service during all open tax years.

    The REMI study documents job creation and GDP growth under three scenarios that continue energy efficiency tax policies:

  • Modernizing Section 179D, including increasing the deduction to $3 per square foot and making certain other reforms to strengthen it, generates significant job creation -- on average 76,529 per year during its first decade.
  • A long-term extension of the deduction at its current $1.80 per square foot level creates an average of almost 41,000 jobs per year over 10 years.
  • A long-term extension at $1.80 per square foot, extension of the deduction to hospitals, schools, and other non-profits and to tribal community facilities, and an increase in the energy efficiency requirements creates almost 40,000 jobs per year over the next decade.

    The study was co-funded by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Alliant Group LP, Ameresco, Blue Energy Group, Concord Energy Strategies, Energy Tax Savers, Energy Systems Group, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).(Source: Regional Economic Models Inc., Proud Green Building, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Regional Economic Models Inc., www.remi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


  • Ameresco Wins IDIQ Contract for Federal ESPCs (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2017-05-08
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has been awarded a US DOE Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for federal Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs). Ameresco is one of 21 companies awarded the $55 billion IDIQ contract to develop new energy and water savings projects for federal facilities.

    The new IDIQ contract has a base ordering period of five years and one 18-month option period. The maximum contract ceiling amount of $55 billion will be shared by all contract holders. The new IDIQ is expected to be used for investments resulting in federal infrastructure improvements, energy savings, and job creation. According to the DOE, 362 projects have been awarded by 25 major federal agencies since the inception of DOE IDIQ ESPCs in 1998. The Energy Policy Act of 1992 authorizes federal agencies to use private financing for certain project implementation through Energy Savings Performance Contracts. ESPCs allow federal agencies to procure energy savings and facility improvements with no up-front capital costs or special appropriations from Congress. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Stockhouse, 5 May, 2017) Contact: Ameresco, Nicole A. Bulgarino, Executive VP, GM, Federal Solutions, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  ESPC,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  


    Massive NYC Energy Efficiency Program Underway (Ind. Report)
    New York City Housing Authority ,Ameresco
    Date: 2017-04-12
    In the Big Apple, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is reporting that work is underway on its first ever large-scale Energy Performance Contract (EPC) which will reduce annual utility costs by more than $3.5 million by improving energy and water efficiency.

    The $56 million project targets nearly 20,000 apartments at 16 public housing developments in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. These upgrades will benefit more than 45,000 public housing residents and contribute to New York City and NYCHA's sustainability efforts.

    NYCHA has 4 EPCs in the works worth approximately $300 million, for upgrades upgrade to 120,000 apartments at up to 130 developments, or 67 pct of the Authority’s building portfolio. The scope of work for this first EPC includes apartment and common area lighting fixture and bulb upgrades, the installation of water-conserving fixtures such as aerators and showerheads, comprehensive heating upgrades and others. (Source: New York City Housing Authority, PR, 6 April, 2017) Contact: NYCHA, (212) 360-3322, media@nycha.nyc.gov, www.nycha.nyc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City Housing Authority ,  Energy Efficiency,  Ameresco,  


    College Energy Efficiency Upgrades Could Save $5.1Mn (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Rhode Island College
    Date: 2017-03-31
    In Providence, Rhode Island College reports it and Ameresco have inked a $5 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC), which is expected to save the institution more than $340,000 annually for the next 15 years.

    Ameresco will perform energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades at 33 buildings and across 1.2 million square feet on campus. The improvements are likely to include: energy management system advancements, central plant improvements, building weatherization, energy efficiency motors, demand-control ventilation, transformer replacements, window air conditioner timers, air handling unit/rooftop unit replacements, vending machine controls, kitchen hood controls, repair of heat recovery units, and water conservation measures.

    The two-year project is underway and scheduled for completion in September 2018. (Source: Rhode Island College, Energy Manager, 30 Mar., 2017) Contact: Rhode Island College, www.ric.edu; : Ameresco, Michael T. Bakas, Snr. VP, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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    Blue Cross, Ameresco, BlueWave Supporting Massachusetts Community Solar (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Solar,BlueWave Renewables
    Date: 2017-02-01
    In Boston, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) reports it has entered into a long-term PPA for 2.6 MW of net metering credits from five Massachusetts community solar projects owned by Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. The projects, which were co-developed by Ameresco and with BlueWave Capital, LLC of Boston, will comprise a total of approximately 6.9 MW of renewable power and increase the amount of power generated by community solar projects in Massachusetts by an estimated 13 pct while cutting carbon emissions by approximately 6,300 metric tpy, the equivalent of taking 1,328 cars off the road.

    As the anchor off-taker of these projects, Blue Cross is also supporting BlueWave's "Solar for the 100%" mission by giving nearly 200 local residents and small businesses the opportunity to reduce their electric power costs and choose local, clean energy in the National Grid territory of Southeastern Massachusetts. In addition to co-developing these projects, BlueWave is also partnering with Ameresco to provide community solar customer management services for these projects through their Community Solar Share program and Solar Management Platform (SMP). (Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, PR, PharmaWeb, 26 Jan., 2017) Contact: Ameresco, Michael T. Bakas, Snr. VP, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; BlueWave Renewables, (617) 209-3122, bluewaverenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BlueWave Renewables,  Ameresco,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


    Ameresco Nails MCRD Microgrid, Energy Efficiency Deal (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2017-01-16
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has received a task order from Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) to build a site-wide microgrid integrating 10 MW of new onsite generation and a battery energy storage system at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina.

    Ameresco will engineer, construct and operate the energy generating assets through a $91.1 million self-funding Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to provide energy infrastructure upgrades to the 8,095 acre military installation.

    Ameresco will provide comprehensive energy and water efficiency upgrades to 121 buildings to improve system performance and reduce operations and maintenance costs at Parris Island. Ameresco will also replace the existing end-of-life steam plant with a new fully automated natural gas-fueled CHP plant capable of producing 3.5 MW of electricity and the full steam load as required. Ameresco will also install over 29,000 high-efficiency LED fixtures and retrofit existing lighting systems.

    Ameresco's work is expected to cut MCRD's utility energy demand by 79 pct. . Construction is slated to get underway this spring for completion by the summer of 2019. (Source: Ameresco, 12 Jan., 2016)Contact: MCRD, www.mcrdpi.marines.mil; Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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    DNREC Building Upgraded to USGBC LEED Standard (Ind. Report)
    Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Date: 2017-01-06
    In Dover, Delaware, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) reports the completion of US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED standard energy efficiency upgrades to the Richardson & Robbins Building at its downtown Dover campus.

    The energy efficiency and sustainability upgrades have resulted in a 40 pct reduction in energy use; 24 pct reduction in water use; sustainable purchasing and waste management practices; green no-irrigation landscaping with native species and restored habitat; integrated pest management and green cleaning practices; lower-impact employee commuting supported by preferred parking for carpool and "green: vehicles; and an improved work environment through indoor air quality monitoring and reduced exposure to hazardous chemicals. Ameresco was the project contractor. (Source: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware.gov, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, David Small, Sec., Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, (302) 739-9902, www.dnrec.state.de.us/; Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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    Sturbridge 2.4 MW Community Solar Array Underway (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco Inc.,National Research Council of Canada
    Date: 2016-12-07
    In the Bay State, Framingham-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco Inc. reports it has begun construction of a 2.4 MW solar facility in the Town of Sturbridge.

    The project will significantly reduce the town's energy costs with a 20-year PPA that is expected to provide millions of dollars in electricity cost savings over the duration of the contract. Under the PPA, half of the annual electricity generated from the facility will be used by the Town in the form of metering credits, and the other half by the Community Solar Program which will deliver the green power to area residents. The project is slated for completion and commissioning in early 2017. (Source: Ameresco, Town of Sturbridge, Yahoo, 5 Dec., 2016) Contact: Town of Sturbridge, www.town.sturbridge.ma.us; Ameresco, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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