Solar Energy Benefits

Solar panels mounted on the roof of a Newton school building

Ameresco helps private and public organizations unlock the potential of solar energy, with projects like this rooftop array in Newton, Massachusetts.

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Solar energy is one of the most efficient and popular forms of renewable energy in the world today. New solar panels are far better at producing power than those made just a decade ago, making solar energy a great choice for public and private organizations seeking to control energy costs and meet sustainability goals.

Sustainability Goals

• Increase renewable energy use with onsite generation

Reduce carbon emissions and carbon footprint

Approach zero-net-energy building design 

Support sustainability initiatives 

Achieve LEED and other certifications

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Financial Goals

• Control operating expenses for energy

Hedge against energy price volatility

Improve facilities without up-front capital through an operating lease or PPA 

Qualify for tax incentives and utility company rebates

 

Solar systems provide some significant advantages compared with other renewable energy options:


No noise: Solar energy generation is completely silent, making it ideal for schools, hospitals and residential areas.

No emissions: Solar generates zero emissions and can meet up to 25% of a site's energy needs, making it a valuable offset for public and private organizations that must meet emissions compliance goals.

Low maintenance: Solar panels last between 20 and 25 years under normal conditions, and solar systems have almost no moving parts to wear out.

Low cost: Energy from the sun is free, making it more valuable as energy costs rise. Organizations may be able to sell excess power back to the grid, delivering additional energy savings.

 

FEATURED CASE STUDIES

Arizona State University ground mounted solar power array

City of Fall River

Solar energy and efficient lighting combine to deliver more than $2.7 million in energy savings over the life of the contract.

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The Merrimack Valley is reflected in the windows of a Lowell public school building

City of Lowell

With 1.8 megawatts of generating power installed on and near schools, Lowell replaced 25% of its electricity consumption with solar generation.

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A fighter jet flies over snow-capped mountains near Hill Air Force Base

Hill Air Force Base

Ameresco developed a 210 kW ground-mounted solar energy system alongside a solar thermal heat recovery system.

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Solar powered water pump in the desert

Burt's Ranch

A solar-powered pumping system allows Burt's Ranch to move water from a remote site 1.33 miles away without an expensive grid connection.

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Why Choose Ameresco?

Our solar PV team has an advanced understanding of regulations and is involved with ongoing rulemaking at the local, utility, state and federal levels. We have acted on behalf of our customers to secure all permits and incentives to keep projects on schedule and at the agreed upon price. Our engineers and construction teams have designed and/or built more than 50 megawatts of solar PV projects.

Ameresco has the in-house technology, staff, and systems to continuously monitor solar PV operations, report alarms and problems, and dispatch maintenance staff using our work order management system. We also test and re-commission each site once a year. This O&M experience provides feedback to our design engineers, creating a virtuous cycle for continuous design improvements.

Ameresco offers a full spectrum of services from system conceptualization to support once the system is complete. We can develop, engineer, build, own, operate, finance and maintain (with in-house or outside staff), providing a complete solution. We can operate and maintain any existing solar power system or provide financing through a Solar PPA or ESPC for new construction.

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