This is the first large, multi-site energy performance contract project awarded and delivered through Scottish Government’s Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency Framework (NDEEF), and the first higher education energy performance contract in Scotland delivered by Ameresco’s UK operation.
Ameresco identified savings opportunities through an Investment Grade Proposal (IGP), installed energy conservation measures (ECMs), and guaranteed the identified savings.
The combined predicted annual energy savings total nearly $300,000 pounds, based on the energy efficiency measures installed.
In addition, each College is predicted to benefit from a reduction in its carbon emissions: Edinburgh College by 13 percent, Borders College by 16 percent, Newbattle Abbey College by 53 percent, and West Lothian College by 14 percent.
David J. Anderson, Executive Vice President, Ameresco, said: “Ameresco is honoured to work with the Scottish NDEEF and the Colleges to provide comprehensive energy saving solutions. We are committed to expanding our UK operations, and to delivering sustainable energy efficient solutions for existing and new clients.”
The project was funded by Scottish Government’s 2017 Capital Stimulus Programme. The installation contracts were signed in May 2017, and due to the timing restrictions on the funding, the entire programme from IGP to installation had to be completed within six months. Installation of the improvements had to be completed during the college summer holidays to avoid disruption.
In addition to the accelerated timeline, the historic nature of the area and buildings added to the challenges faced by Ameresco’s implementation team. Special care was taken where archeologically significant materials were found at a former medieval battlefield and grave yard at Newbattle Abbey College, and careful coordination was required with Historic Scotland and Midlothian Council to ensure all work was carried to meet the preservation requirements of the building and grounds.
Ameresco’s streamlined processes and efficiency of operation enabled this challenging programme to be mobilized, delivered and installed within the original timescale. A combination of the Colleges’ existing contractors, select local contractors and national providers were utilized to install the projects. Subcontractors were managed by Ameresco, ensuring minimal disruption to College staff during project installation. Ameresco worked with a third-party M&V consultant to develop the appropriate protocols to meet the Colleges expectations for measurement and verification of savings following project installation.
“The success of this project would not have been possible without the collaboration between the College site teams, their senior management and Ameresco,” said Britta MacIntosh, Ameresco’s Vice President of UK Operations, in a media release. “Our goal was to identify and implement a project that would deliver the most benefit and value to each College based on their unique requirements. The challenging logistics of each site required a true partnership with the Colleges and we are honoured to have worked with all those involved.”
Founded in 2000, Ameresco, Inc. is a leading independent provider of comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe. Ameresco’s sustainability services include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction and operation of renewable energy plants. Ameresco has successfully completed energy saving, environmentally responsible projects with Federal, state and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial customers. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, Ameresco has more than 1,000 employees providing local expertise in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.