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Distributed Generation: A Key Component of a Sustainable Strategy

Learn how distributed generation uses small-scale technologies to produce electricity at or near the end user. Distributed energy can come from onsite generation sources like solar panels, wind turbines and combined heat and power (CHP).

How Soon Until We See Energy Efficiency Backed Securities?

Three years ago, as we were developing our own energy efficiency finance program, I was struck by how few people had yet recognized the market opportunity for financing energy-efficient building upgrades through a shared-savings approach. Large ESCO performance contract firms continued to rely solely on their customers using tax-exempt bonds to pay for their projects... Read More

Companies Buying Energy From Their Utilities – the Math Works, Until It Doesn’t

There are two sides to a company’s energy profile – consumption of energy by its facility assets (HVAC, lighting, etc.) and it’s purchase of utility services (electricity, gas, etc.)  In practice energy engineering teams (including ours) spend most of their time identifying opportunities for energy efficient equipment upgrades or behavior changes.  Purchased utility services are... Read More

CESA – our PPA for Energy Efficiency Projects

With our $2.6 million investment announcement we described that a portion of these proceeds would fund our CESA (Corporate Energy Services Agreement), our PPA for energy efficiency we began delivering in 2009. For the background on how we developed our CESA let’s go back to 2007 to 2008, pre-financial market collapse, when solar power purchase... Read More

Section 1603 – Is the Grant party over?

Labor Day typically marks the time when our year-end project installation schedule becomes more clear.  Our corporate customers, often operating on a fiscal-calendar year for budgeting, also exhibit end-of-year psychology and “get it done by year end” becomes a priority.  Normal product lead times, procurement contracts, permits, and even potential interruptions from winter weather means... Read More