FRAMINGHAM, Mass., and REDMOND, Ore. — Ameresco Inc. announced that it is partnering with the city of Redmond, Oregon, on a comprehensive $1.2 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to improve city buildings and enhance efficiency. As part of the ESPC, Ameresco conducted an energy audit on more than 272,000 square feet of building space and identified energy conservation measures that the company will design, construct, commission, and verify. Projects include controls upgrades, lighting upgrades, and the installation of two 10 kW solar photovoltaic systems at Roberts Field. These improvements are expected to enhance comfort for building occupants and improve light quality at the facilities.

“This project reflects the city of Redmond’s ongoing commitment toward the pursuit of energy conservation and lowering operating costs,” said Bill Duerden, director of public works for the city of Redmond. “Utilizing this public/private financing model leads to a triple bottom line. It helps us to replace our aging infrastructure with innovative design and construction without incurring additional capital costs. It’s a win-win-win for the city, our residents, and the environment.”

The city of Redmond is expected to realize more than $100,000 annually in energy savings once the 11 projects are completed in late-spring 2015. In addition, the city expects to leverage the energy savings of the project to secure approximately $159,000 in utility incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

“Partnering with Ameresco will enable us to fund much needed infrastructure upgrades and innovative energy saving projects without additional cost,” said Jason Neff, finance manager of the city of Redmond. “We look forward to moving ahead on this ambitious project to both improve the performance of our buildings and lower our energy costs while reducing our carbon footprint.”

“We are excited to begin work on this extensive energy efficiency project, and we applaud the city of Redmond for its leadership by exploring the different options that are expected to reduce energy consumption while becoming more sustainable,” said Louis Maltezos, executive vice president, Ameresco. “The city of Redmond has taken a proactive approach to upgrading its facilities in a fiscally responsible manner.”

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Publication date: 1/5/2015

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