Ameresco brought BMW together with Waste Management to develop a landfill-gas-to-energy pipeline that supplies 25% of the electrical and 100% of the heating needs for BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina plant. In 2006, the facility was named Project of the Year by the EPA.
Simon Property Group
Major upgrades to several properties owned by the largest public U.S. real estate company included emergency management system upgrades, remotely operated controls for energy systems and installation of skylight shades, which provide natural light while eliminating solar heat gain that caused temperature issues.
In Kingsport, Tennessee, Ameresco helped Eastman Chemical reduce expenses with a new compressed air system and raw water pumping system. The facility's environmental impact was lowered by switching a key refrigerating system from ammonia to glycol.
Commercial energy use in the United States encompasses nearly 5 million buildings. Together, they pay a combined total of nearly $107.9 billion dollars annually in energy costs and create 17% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). With these facts in mind, business energy management should not be addressed solely as a cost issue or an environmental issue; profitable energy management is executed with the understanding that these two issues are inherently connected.
Ameresco connects the concepts of energy cost management and sustainability for facility managers, their customers and shareholders. We help companies increase profitability through both supply-side and demand-side commercial energy solutions that augment Corporate Social Responsibility efforts and goals, generating positive public perceptions as well as energy savings.
Retail companies can reinvest the savings from renewable energy projects in core business activities, such as marketing, merchandising or product development. This ultimately increases both the top and bottom lines of the financial statement and creates a positive impression of the business in the minds of customers.
Commercial Real Estate
Real Estate Investment Trusts can create a new source of revenue and increase funds from operations (FFO). Shared savings contracts may enable building owners to implement the latest control or air-handling technologies. This improves tenant comfort and productivity, thus increasing the market value of owned properties.
Ameresco can help customers achieve the following key goals, with flexible service delivery that allows varying levels of ownership of commercial energy projects.
• Reduce energy costs
• Increase occupancy and/or marketability
• Take advantage of opportunities created by deregulation
• Improve knowledge and control of utility consumption
• Improve financial performance and return on investment
• Reduce energy-related risks
• Replace aging energy assets at no additional cost
• Reduce responsibility for energy facility operation and maintenance