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The strategic partnership with cleantech integrator Ameresco will help the Evanston-based institution address its energy-related deferred maintenance challenges with no up-front capital required.
Northwestern University has entered a long-term energy-as-a-service (EaaS) agreement with a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 30 per cent by 2030.
The strategic partnership with cleantech integrator Ameresco will help the Evanston-based (Illinois) institution address its energy-related deferred maintenance challenges with no up-front capital required, while also advancing its sustainability and academic goals.
As part of the agreement, Ameresco will provide ongoing energy management and related services, in addition to identifying and implementing energy efficiency upgrade, for the campus’s 175 buildings and central plants.
Energy efficiency projects slated for these buildings will leverage advanced technologies to provide more efficient, better performing building systems such as building automation, lighting, heating, and cooling, and alternative energy systems while also providing an improved learning environment for students and faculty.
“This ambitious, multi-year partnership will make our campuses more environmentally sustainable through reduced energy demand, which will ultimately decrease utility costs,” said Craig Johnson, Northwestern’s senior vice president for business and finance.
“We will also now be able to draw upon Ameresco’s expertise to inform our continued pursuit of more sustainable practices.”
By utilising the EaaS model, the university said it will be able to tackle its immediate infrastructure capital needs while simultaneously funding these projects over time using energy savings. EaaS, a service model rising in popularity, allows for energy-related infrastructure improvements to be delivered directly to an end customer with no upfront capital required from the customer.
“This ambitious, multi-year partnership will make our campuses more environmentally sustainable through reduced energy demand, which will ultimately decrease utility costs”
We are proud to be Northwestern’s strategic partner through this innovative approach to addressing the critical infrastructure needs of the campus. This is a tremendous blueprint for colleges and universities across the nation,” said Lou Maltezos, executive vice president at Ameresco.
“The energy infrastructure upgrades, and ongoing energy management services will not only provide efficiency and cost savings but will also address critical deferred maintenance and bolster the sustainability and carbon reduction goals of their campuses.”
“The sustainability fellowship programme will help prepare our students for meaningful careers in the fields of energy management, renewable energy, and sustainability,” added Holly Benz, director of the Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability.
“The topics addressed by fellowship teams will include leading edge application of energy and sustainability concepts to real-world problems.”
Founded in 2000, Ameresco is a cleantech integrator and renewable energy asset developer, owner and operator. Its portfolio includes energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions delivered to clients throughout North America and the UK.
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