Ameresco has won a $795 million contract with the US DOE to build biomass facilities in Aiken, SC. The company will finance, design, build and operate a biomass cogeneration facility and two smaller biomass heating plants at the DOE’s Savannah River Site. The project will replace a coal-fired plant that is in violation of state and federal environmental regulations. Am eresco will receive no payment upfront, but will be paid a percentage of the site’s annual energy savings expected to exceed $34 million in the first year alone. The project is anticipated to cut emissions by 400 tons per year, trim water consumption by 1.4 billion gallons and eliminate coal burning by 161,000 tons per year. (Source: Metro West Daily News, June 22, 2009)

Contact: George Sakellaris, President and CEO, Ameresco, (508) 661-2200,,; Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, (202) 586-9220,,