FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Dec 11, 2013  Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced today the completion of the $1.3 million City of Battle Creek, Parks and Recreation facility project. Ameresco is sponsoring a community open house from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. this evening at the Full Blast located at 35 Hamblin Avenue in downtown Battle Creek. Join the community celebration in honor of the project expected to save the City more than $85,000 annually in energy and maintenance costs.

The energy savings performance contract (ESPC) was designed to improve energy efficiency at the City’s community recreation center. Some of the energy conservation measures implemented include a central hot water heating plant that provides the heating capacity for improved building comfort, domestic hot water, and the indoor pool, a new open protocol controls system, and installation of renewable energy features, such as solar energy for the outdoor pool. Each of these measures were designed to increase the efficient use of energy and to decrease the building’s emissions and carbon footprint. This project is expected to help reduce the center’s operating costs and allow the department to take a leadership role in economic and environmental stewardship in the community.

“At first the complexity of implementing an energy performance contract, as well as monitoring the results, seemed like a daunting task but Ameresco has simplified the process by clearly identifying the inefficiencies in our systems and the straightforward ways in which we can produce more efficient results,” said Jeff Hovarter, Director, Battle Creeks Park and Recreation. “I believe it is important for the City and its recreation department to take a proactive role in reducing energy consumption and we feel by partnering with Ameresco, we can utilize taxpayer dollars in the most efficient, effective and environmentally responsible way.”

“We extend our best wishes for tonight’s open house in honor of completion of the ESPC project that is expected to deliver not only ongoing energy efficiency at the recreation center but significant financial, comfort and environmental benefits for the community,” said Louis P. Maltezos, Executive Vice President, Ameresco. “We are honored to have partnered with the City of Battle Creek to develop an efficiency project that improved the recreation center’s infrastructure and will also pay for itself through the savings.”

The annual emissions reduction from this project is expected to be approximately 332 metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of taking 366 cars off the road or powering 42 homes each year.

Ameresco has a long history of partnering with communities across North America to improve energy infrastructure and install renewable energy technologies. Ameresco’s pioneering of the ESPC financing model has made the budget-neutral solution an increasingly popular option for customers, by providing energy efficiency upgrades using a guaranteed savings approach. Ameresco coordinates the upfront project costs and the customer repays that investment with their energy savings over time.