PHADA – Affiliate Member Spotlight: Ameresco and the New Bedford Housing Authority

At Ameresco, our work with public housing authorities (PHAs) via the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) energy conservation incentives significantly contributes to reducing the estimated $7 billion spent each year by HUD in public and assisted housing utility costs. Over our 21-year history, we have partnered with PHAs to develop innovative solutions, resulting in over $600 million in projects relying primarily on leveraged utility savings, and served 142,000 public housing units. Many of our PHA clients return for additional phases of work; one of our longest-standing PHA partnerships – over 20 years – is with the New Bedford MA Housing Authority (NBHA). From the earliest days of the HUD Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) program when we helped NBHA decentralize heat and hot water from central, oil-fired steam plants to building-based high-efficiency gas, our work with the Authority has been comprehensive and runs the gamut. In fact, we are now working to install 2.4 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar PV that will offset the electricity bills and be owned by the Authority.

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