FRAMINGHAM, Mass., and WASHINGTON — Ameresco Inc. participated in a ceremony with senior officials from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and White House Council on Environmental Quality to recognize the deep energy retrofit project Ameresco is currently implementing for the GSA in the National Capital Region. The $45 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) serves two federal buildings just outside of Washington, District of Columbia, and was awarded through the GSA’s National Deep Energy Retrofit Challenge.

GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini joined Ameresco CEO George Sakellaris, U.S. DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan, Agency-Wide Shared Services Chief for the IRS Stuart Burns, and Federal Environmental Executive Kate Brandt at the New Carrollton Federal Building (NCFB) — also known as the IRS New Carrollton Financial Service Center in Lanham, Maryland.

“Today, we celebrate a proving ground for innovation — a comprehensive energy savings project — that is going further, farther, and deeper to achieve 60 percent energy savings,” said Sakellaris. “Ameresco is proud to be implementing this innovative deep energy retrofit project, and we applaud the GSA for its stewardship in pursuing energy efficiency and renewable energy across its buildings nationwide.”

Since March, Ameresco has been constructing the energy savings project which includes significant improvements to the building control and HVAC systems, and the installation of more than 11,000 individually addressable LED lighting fixtures and a network of 2,000 new sensors.

This summer, Ameresco will begin construction on a geothermal well field at the NCFB in its north parking lot as part of the approximately 1 megawatt of on-site renewable energy to be installed as part of the ESPC, which also includes an 808 kW custom-designed solar canopy to cover all unshaded areas of the parking lot. Ameresco will install a 67 kW carport structure in the south parking lot facing the New Carrollton Metro Stop. A new solar thermal heating system will be installed on the roof of the building.

In 2012, the GSA competitively challenged energy service companies (ESCOs) to improve the energy performance of 30 GSA-owned buildings through ESPCs aimed at maximum energy savings. The GSA selected Ameresco to develop a comprehensive ESPC addressing over 1 million square feet of office space at the New Carrollton Federal Building in Lanham, Maryland, and the Silver Spring Metro Center 1 building in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Publication date: 6/23/2014

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