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Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that the company is working with Rhode Island College (RIC) to renew and upgrade RIC's campus energy infrastructure and to institute energy efficiency and water conservation measures at the college. The $5 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project is expected to save the college more than $340,000 in avoided energy costs annually for the next 15 years.

"Our investment in saving energy and preserving the environment at Rhode Island College benefits our students by significantly adding value to their learning experience on campus," said RIC President Frank D. Sánchez.

Rhode Island College continues to drive its energy strategy forward and embrace greater efficiency measures, all while focusing on improving the student learning environment and supporting the college's commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. The ESPC project with Ameresco could allow the college to upgrade its energy infrastructure without any initial capital costs, address and achieve long-term cost savings, and improve the environment for students, faculty and staff, according to RIC's Facilities and Operations team.

The ESPC project includes energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades to 33 buildings and 1.2 million square feet on campus.

"Ameresco applauds Rhode Island College's leadership for their vision and commitment to implement an energy efficient strategy for the campus," stated David J. Anderson, Executive Vice President, Ameresco. "Employing an ESPC provides a financially responsible, budget-neutral solution to support the College's energy infrastructure upgrade requirements, enhance the campus environment and supports the college in helping to achieve its sustainability goals."

The campus energy project includes an approximate two-year construction period, during which many infrastructure upgrades and energy conservation measures will be implemented. Services include an Investment Grade Audit, installation of energy conservation measures (ECM), and measurement and verification (M&V) of guaranteed savings. The following upgrades are expected to help enhance the quality of the teaching and learning environments: energy management system upgrades; central plant improvements; variable frequency drives (VFD); water conservation measures; building weatherization; energy efficiency motors; demand control ventilation; transformer replacements; window air conditioner timers; AHU/Rooftop unit replacements; vending machine controls; kitchen hood controls; and repair of heat recovery units.

Construction is currently underway and scheduled to be completed in September 2018. In support of the college's sustainability goals, the efficiency project is expected to help reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 4,141,058 pounds annually, the equivalent to removing 344 cars from the road each year.

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