Energy Project Financing

  • A man and a woman in hard hats survey solar panels at a power plant

    Budget Neutral Infrastructure Upgrades

    Jumpstart stalled energy project financing while mitigating financial risk.

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    Design, Build, Own, Operate, Maintain

    Transfer the risks associated with designing, building, owning, operating and maintaining energy assets to Ameresco.

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    Performance Contracting

    Renew facility infrastructure and building systems without expending capital funds.

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    Power Purchase Agreements

    Eliminate uncertainty of utility prices in deregulated markets.

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"By using the performance contract approach with Ameresco, we were able to address several important City priorities of improving our facilities, saving money and being environmentally proactive in reducing the use of energy...Ameresco assisted in securing financing for the project, which will be repaid through energy cost savings."

--City of Lowell City Manager Bernie Lynch

Unfunded liabilities and aging infrastructure are always a source of concern. When budget constraints are an issue for energy project financing, Ameresco can turn these fiscal strains into sources of cash through different contract options that allow reinvestment into core assets and the reduction of operating costs.

By conducting a needs analysis that highlights facility-related cost savings and revenue opportunities, Ameresco can devise strategies that leverage this funding for power project financing. Ameresco uses DBOOM (Design, Build, Own, Operate and Maintain), Performance Contracting, Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), and Budget Neutral Infrastructure Upgrades as its core tactics for energy project financing.

Ameresco is also on top of innovative funding opportunities such as renewable energy certificates, grants, utility rebates and tax credits continuously in development at the federal and state levels. This allows for a complete and up-to-date evaluation of potential aid to finance renewable energy projects.

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The San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) tapped American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to begin work on a $12.5-million upgrade to its Ping Yuen complex in Chinatown. Ameresco will replace the existing windows and hot water piping at Ping Yuen, as well as 1880 Pine and 1760 Bush. The project is part of a series of energy efficiency upgrades and energy retrofits that will save the SFHA $60 million over the term of the 20-year contract. 

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