Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company headquartered in Massachusetts, has completed a citywide energy efficiency project for the City of St. Peter, Minnesota. Financed by a $2.6 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), improvements made across the City of St. Peter will guarantee energy cost savings and an overall reduction in municipal energy demand.
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The City of St. Peter is located approximately 60 miles south of the Twin Cities, nestled in the Minnesota River Valley. The city’s population is over 11,000.
In 2017, the City of St. Peter selected Ameresco as its partner in an effort to reduce municipal energy consumption and operating costs. To do so, Ameresco designed and implemented an energy efficiency project that involved LED lighting upgrades at key facilities, LED street lighting upgrades, ultraviolet disinfection at their Waste Water Treatment Facility, building envelope improvements and building automation improvements.
“Our community cares about the environment and doing all that we can to make our city more sustainable,” said City Mayor Chuck Zieman. “In addition to the green benefits of this project, the substantial cost savings that we can expect as a result of reduced energy consumption and lowered operational and maintenance costs, we will be able to use those funds to make investments in other areas of our community.”
As the city’s project partner, Ameresco was also responsible for developing a strategic plan to maximize sustainable energy reduction and cost savings over the 20-year payback term of the ESPC.
“Our team implemented energy conservation measures at 12 city buildings and retrofitted almost 1,000 lighting fixtures across six parks and other public spaces,” said Louis Maltezos, executive vice president of Ameresco. “Our work with the City of St. Peter will not only lead to energy costs savings for the City, it will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions through heightened efficiency.”
Through its partnership with Ameresco, the City of St. Peter’s commitment to sustainable energy reduction is expected to save the equivalent of 1035.5 metric tons of CO2 per year. The green benefits from carbon sequestered is roughly equal to 1,218 acres of U.S. forests preserved for one year.