ENERGY EFFICIENCY - RENEWABLE ENERGY
Investment in renewable energy technologies is powered by concerns about the environment, energy security, and financial well-being. Driven by global demand, price uncertainty, and social impacts of fossil fuels, more business, institutional and governmental leaders are turning to renewables as part of their energy mix. These solutions can:
- Reduce carbon footprint
- Reduce utility costs
- Meet increased demand
- Protect against fuel price volatility
- Improve energy security & reliability
- Secure ENERGY STAR®and LEED®credits
- Improve community perception
- Promote environmental stewardship
Renewable energy sources such as Cogeneration, Solar and Geothermal can be harnessed to generate electricity and produce heat and steam. They can complement existing systems or be used to achieve energy independence, especially at mission-critical and remote sites.
Programs, policies and legislations exist at all levels of the government – federal, state & local – to increase renewable energy generation and set standards for development. In many cases, significant utility and tax incentives are also available to help defray the high initial cost of installing these renewable energy technologies. Despite these enabling mechanisms and the trend towards lower capital costs for some renewable technologies, first cost remains a significant barrier to growth. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), only 13% of all U.S. electric generation came from renewable sources in 2013.
Renewable energy projects delivered by PricingEnergyEfficiency.com require no capital outlay when associated with an Energy Saving Performance Agreement. Instead, they are self-funded and can be bundled with other energy conservation measures to optimize overall efficiency, sustainability and savings on site. We evaluate renewable technology options to identify the best solution that meets environmental, financial and operational goals. We also supply the expertise necessary to optimize all available financial incentives.
Customers can also take advantage of PricingEnergyEfficiency.com’s asset management solutions to move the cost and risk of owning, operating and maintaining renewable energy assets to PricingEnergyEfficiency.com or a third party. Using a power purchase agreement, customers can purchase electricity from the third-party seller at a rate that is typically lower than the local utility rate and feed excess power back to the grid. Such rates can be guaranteed for up to 20 years.
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When it comes to energy, one of the best ways to control costs is through more efficient use. And for energy intensive operations, it’s hard to beat the efficiency provided through a cogeneration or combined heat and power (CHP) system. And we should know, PricingEnergyEfficiency.com started as a CHP contractor back in 1993.
So what makes CHP so efficient? The answer lies in CHP’s ability to burn one fuel source (natural gas) and get two energy outputs in return (electricity and heat). Facilities that have large heating requirements can use CHP to generate electricity from the heat they already use; reducing the amount of electricity purchased from their utility or supplier. And because it’s on-site, reductions in demand, delivery, and line-loss provide additional energy savings. Oh, and let’s not forget that by improving energy efficiency, your facility will be emitting less greenhouse gases, making cogeneration an asset to your sustainability goals.
Getting CHP for your Facility
PricingEnergyEfficiency.com offers flexible options to your facility to begin taking advantage of the benefits of CHP, including no investment, lease, and outright purchase.
Through our lease option, your facility will lease the CHP equipment for 5 years and then have the option to purchase the system for a fraction of its value. Leasing provides your facility greater energy savings than the no investment plan but with greater capital costs.
Alternatively, your facility may wish to own and operate the CHP system outright. Purchasing the system can provide tax benefits and incentives directly to your facility and in some markets can have an ROI within 5 years.
Regardless of how you take advantage of CHP for your facility, PricingEnergyEfficiency.com will be there to help you determine the size and type of system your facility requires, assess equipment providers and installers, and prepare for on-going operation and maintenance.
One of the best ways to reduce your energy costs, especially in the long term, is to begin generating your own electricity. And the most popular and easiest way to do this is through solar photovoltaic panels. Solar photovoltaic panels convert the suns light into electricity which is delivered right to your facility and PricingEnergyEfficiency.com can help your facility take advantage of this amazing and cost effective technology.
Getting Solar for Your Facility
Going solar doesn’t have to break the bank. PricingEnergyEfficiency.com offers several options for you to get solar including through a no-investment Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), lease terms, and outright purchase.
Through our no-investment, Solar: As-A-Service solution, your facility can receive the solar electricity generated by simply purchasing the power at a discount through a PPA. PricingEnergyEfficiency.com will cover the costs for designing, installing, and maintaining a solar photovoltaic array at your facility. PPA’s typically last between 15 and 20 years and many can provide long term savings of over 30% against the utilities cost of electricity.
Lease An Array
Your facility may also choose to lease a solar photovoltaic array. Leases are ideal if you prefer to own the system, but need time to capitalize the full purchase or require a third party, such as PricingEnergyEfficiency.com , to monetize available tax credits to get the lowest price possible for the system. Leases usually last at least 7 years, but may be longer if need be.
Solar photovoltaic systems can also be purchased outright. This can be effective if your business has a large amount of federal tax liability you would like to offset.
Regardless of how your facility chooses to go solar, PricingEnergyEfficiency.com will be there to help you select the best location for your solar photovoltaic panels, acquire all the necessary permits, take advantage of all available incentives, and get the best price possible for installation.
How would you like to plug into the earth for your heating and cooling needs? No expensive equipment to invest in and maintain and no fossil fuels to purchase and burn into the atmosphere. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, that’s exactly what PricingEnergyEfficiency.com can help you do through a geothermal HVAC system.
Heating and Cooling from the Earth
The earth is an excellent regulator of temperature. It maintains a fairly constant 54 degrees Fahrenheit temperature below the frost line, regardless of conditions on the surface. Geothermal technology allows a facility to tap into this constant heat source to regulate its temperature. Through the use of several deep wells and heat pumps, a geothermal HVAC system works to exchange warm surface air for this cooler thermal energy during the summer and then reverse this exchange during the winter, with cooler surface air being sent underground to be replaced by the warmer energy below. Supplemental heating and cooling can be added, but the bulk of your facility’s heating and cooling fuel will come from under your feet.
Buy BTU’s, Not Expensive Equipment
Going geothermal is a great option for stabilizing and reducing your energy costs in a clean and renewable manner, but it can be a rough option for your capital budget. That’s why PricingEnergyEfficiency.com offers geothermal HVAC systems on a no investment basis. We will cover the cost of installing and maintaining the system for your facility, and all you have to do is purchase the thermal energy the system produces, the BTU’s if you will. This is done through a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) akin to what you might see with a solar PV system on somebody’s roof. This way you can use your capital to do what you want, invest in and grow your business, rather than pay for energy equipment.