The Zero Net Energy Future
Combining energy efficiency with on-site power generation, zero net energy buildings produce as much energy as they consume. These buildings can operate off the energy grid, and they generate enough of their own power to offset carbon emissions used in energy production.
Buildings consume 40% of the energy used in the United States annually. Several states, most notably California, have adopted strict new commercial building guidelines that make zero net energy construction and energy efficient retrofits not just desirable, but necessary.
Incentives are available to offset development costs, through state and federal grants and through utility rebate programs and demand-based reimbursements. As a recognized leader in energy retrofits, Ameresco has the experience and expertise to develop enterprise-wide zero net energy solutions and uncover additional sources of revenue to finance building and infrastructure development.