Ameresco, Inc. Acquires Two Businesses of Energy and Power Solutions, Inc.

Ameresco Expands its Energy Efficiency, Information Service and Automated Demand Response Services Offered to Commercial, Industrial and Manufacturing Customers  

FRAMINGHAM, MA and COSTA MESA, CA – December 15, 2011 – Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE: AMRC) a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced today that it has acquired the xChange Point® and energy projects businesses, including automated demand response, of Energy and Power Solutions, Inc. (EPS).  EPS is an energy efficiency solutions company serving commercial, industrial, and manufacturing customers across North America encompassing the food and beverage, meat, dairy, paper, aerospace, oil and gas, and REIT industries. These businesses will continue to offer comprehensive software, energy information, analysis and consulting services, and will operate as Ameresco Intelligent Sustainable Services. Operations will continue from EPS’s current Costa Mesa, CA location.

EPS’s sustainable business is centered around its proprietary software platform, xChange Point®, which provides companies with a comprehensive service for real-time energy and carbon emissions tracking.  The software collects real-time energy information at the equipment level. Customers and EPS engineers interpret data using the software’s analytic tools to identify and track the potential energy savings opportunities. The xChange Point® approach changes the paradigm of how energy efficiency solutions are delivered by addressing the organization, information and resource barriers that have historically prevented the effective implementation of energy efficiency and carbon reduction solutions enterprise-wide.

The EPS energy projects business designs, engineers, and develops small- and large-scale energy efficiency projects for a large variety of customers in the commercial, industrial, and manufacturing markets.  The EPS team also specializes in implementing energy control systems which enable the customer to participate in utilities’ automated demand response (ADR) programs where the utility can send a signal to the energy control system that then automatically initiates a series of pre-programmed demand reduction strategies.

“With the acquisition of EPS, we are pleased to expand Ameresco’s energy efficiency and information services to commercial, industrial and manufacturing customers,” stated George P. Sakellaris, president and chief executive officer of Ameresco.  “EPS’s innovative software platform, xChange Point®, and expertise in implementing automated demand response projects provide unique entry points into these markets. We look forward to working with the talented EPS team to further develop and cultivate growth opportunities throughout North America.”

Ameresco has implemented over $2 billion in energy saving projects for its customers throughout North America. Services include budget-neutral energy efficiency projects and renewable energy solutions that reduce operating costs and carbon footprint without impacting capital budgets. Increasing energy costs, budgetary constraints, aging infrastructure, and a greater awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency should continue to drive demand for energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. With the acquisition of the EPS businesses, Ameresco strengthens its position by increasing its presence in the commercial, industrial and manufacturing markets, and offering new software solutions and demand response services to all its customers.  EPS’s customers will also benefit from Ameresco’s comprehensive portfolio of energy service offerings and extensive expertise.

“Our entire team is very excited about this opportunity to enhance our delivery of sustainable services to our customers as part of Ameresco,” said Jay Zoellner, chief executive officer and co-founder of EPS. “xChange Point® is revolutionizing sustainability through real-time data collection, and that combined with our team’s analysis uncovers intelligent solutions with immediate payback. Our ADR capabilities have been successfully implemented in complicated process environments previously untapped by demand response programs. This acquisition provides a positive impact for our customers through the additional services and resources offered by Ameresco, a leading provider of energy efficiency and renewable energy services.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Ameresco, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC) is a leading independent provider of comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, and renewable energy solutions for facilities throughout North America. Ameresco’s services include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction and operation of renewable energy plants. Ameresco has successfully completed energy saving, environmentally responsible projects with federal, state and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial customers. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, MA, Ameresco provides local expertise through its 59 offices in 34 states and five Canadian provinces. Ameresco has more than 850 employees. For more information, visit

About Energy and Power Solutions, Inc.
Energy and Power Solutions, Inc. (EPS) delivers energy efficiency solutions to commercial, industrial and manufacturing markets through comprehensive software and consulting services. The Company’s proprietary software platform, xChange Point®, uses real-time information collected at the equipment level, across a customer’s entire enterprise, to analyze and identify specific energy improvement projects. These projects include a variety of equipment upgrades, automated demand response projects and other energy efficiency solutions.  EPS is headquartered in Costa Mesa, CA.  For more information, visit

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