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Ameresco begins work on $3.9m ESPC

21 Jan 2013

US cleantech company Ameresco has commenced work on a $3.9m Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) for the Battle Ground School District in Washington State.

A series of infrastructure upgrades to improve efficiency and reduce consumption follows two energy conservation projects completed by Amereseco in 2010 and 2011.

These focused on major plumbing and lighting retrofits.

The cost to the district will be reduced by $1m through a grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and around $322,000 of rebates from the Clark County Public Utility District.

Mary Beth Lynn, assistant superintendent for finance and operations of Battle Ground School District, said, ‘This grant will result in dramatic savings in our utility bills, guard against system failures and enable us to address long-standing issues of failed and aging equipment.’

Mike O’Connor, vice president of the north-west region for Ameresco, added, ‘The state energy efficiency grants and the guaranteed savings provided by our energy performance contracting model has allowed many school districts, as well as municipalities and colleges across the state, to dramatically reduce operational costs and achieve long desired energy efficiency goals.

‘This project at the Battle Ground School District is a perfect example of how energy infrastructure improvements can yield positive financial impacts even in the current fiscal environment, while at the same time contributing to more sustainable communities.’

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