Biomass, or renewable energy from waste such as forest debris, agricultural waste and scrap lumber, is quickly gaining popularity as an addition to many renewable portfolio standards (RPS) across the United States. Ameresco helps customers and communities harness the potential of biomass energy by building power and cogeneration facilities that cleanly burn renewable waste to fuel specialized engines that generate power and heat.

We can create large, utility-scale biomass-to-energy plants, as well as smaller on-site biomass cogeneration and distributed generation plants that can fulfill a significant portion of a facility’s energy needs, reducing energy costs, water consumption and air emissions. Ameresco has different ways of financing this technology through power purchase agreements (PPA), own and operate solutions or an energy savings performance contract (ESPC). ESPC customers can fund a biomass project completely with the energy cost savings they receive and enjoy additional benefits, such as renewable energy credits and the ability to sell excess energy back to the grid.

Savannah River biomass plant aerial view


Through the largest Energy Savings Performance Contact (ESPC) in U.S. history, the Department of Energy (DOE) is leveraging biomass with Ameresco to generate renewable energy at its inactive Savannah River nuclear plant. The new facility, powered by clean, renewable fuel, will save $34 million and 100,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the first year without any upfront capital investment. Additionally, the project is responsible for the creation of 125 permanent clean energy jobs and 800 construction jobs.

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