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Montana County Saves $77,000 Per Year Via ESPC

ameresco logoAmeresco has begun work on an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Lewis and Clark County, Mont., in which Ameresco will install over $1.6 million of energy efficiency improvements at 28 county-owned buildings.

The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013, and the improvements are projected to save the county about $77,000 annually.

Although the county had the resources available to fund the project, it chose to use an energy savings performance contract to repay the capital budgets through the guaranteed energy savings.

Prior to beginning work, Ameresco performed an investment-grade audit to identify areas where energy savings measures could be implemented throughout the buildings and facilities and created a plan for the design and implementation of project renovations.

The ESPC includes lighting upgrades, building envelope improvements, water conservation measures, and HVAC and boiler system upgrades at the Law Enforcement Center and Myrna Loy buildings. Ameresco will also provide the training and operational oversight of the new systems.

Additional capital cost avoidance improvements include new dual pane windows at the historic Courthouse and heat pump replacements at the Law Enforcement Center.

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3 thoughts on “Montana County Saves $77,000 Per Year Via ESPC

  1. Are you serious? A 1.6 million dollar inevstoiment to harvest only $77,000 in cost savings annually. That amounts to around a 200+ year payback scenario. Even if the article meant to say $77,000 in savings per month, the payback is still 17 years plus. Is this correct, and does this make any sense in a world looking for a one or two year payback in most cases?

  2. Dave, By my calculations, $1.6 million divided by $77,000 = 20.7 years. And the county doesn’t have to pay any upfront costs with the ESPC. What would be a better solution, in your opinion?

  3. Sorry. You are right, of ourse. 20.7 years. And, if the savings are monthly then the resulting payback is under two years, which makes more sense. I certainly hope that is the case and not the 20.7 years!

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