University Joins Ameresco in Energy Reduction/Modernization Project

Nov. 20, 2018

CONTACT:    Stan Pena, 806-651-2939,

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University Joins Ameresco in Energy Reduction/Modernization Project


CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University has announced a partnership with Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, to begin construction on a $14.4 million Campus Energy Reduction and Modernization Project on campus.

The Energy Consumption Reduction Project was initiated to help guide the physical operations of the University to achieve meaningful reductions of its carbon footprint in energy usage, utility consumption and energy cost through the implementation of infrastructure and modernization upgrades. The project is under way and is scheduled to be completed by September 2019. Once completed, the project will average more than $1.1 million in annual energy and water savings for the University, thus all of the improvements are being funded in a budget neutral manner without the need for additional capital budget dollars.

“This project will positively impact energy and water conservation more than any other single initiative in West Texas A&M University’s history,” Stan Pena, director of facilities and construction, said. “This project was developed through collaboration with our Office of Business and Finance, SSC facilities team, the Texas A&M University System’s Office of Facilities Planning and Construction, and Ameresco, our energy partner. We are also thankful for the support of Utilities and Energy Services at Texas A&M and the City of Canyon.”

Energy conservation and modernization measures will be implemented throughout 31 campus buildings and include retrofitting interior and exterior lighting to new high efficiency light emitting diode (LED) technology, improvements to the campus heating and cooling systems, water conservation measures and automated controls that allow for the improved tracking of energy consumption on campus.

“Ameresco is honored to be working with West Texas A&M University to modernize their buildings through energy efficiency upgrades and realize a continued return on investment,” Robert Georgeoff, vice president of Ameresco, said. “This project demonstrates leadership and the University’s commitment to energy management, financial stewardship and environmental sustainability.”

Ameresco is implementing the $14.4 million project under an Energy Services Agreement that provides a guarantee of annual energy savings to the University through 2037. In addition to annual energy and water savings, the University will realize an annual carbon reduction benefit that is the equivalent to

• removing 2,050 passenger cars from the road; or

• carbon dioxide emissions from over 1 million gallons of gasoline consumed annually; or

• the environmental benefit of 242,015 tree seedlings grown for 10 years; or

• greenhouse gas emissions avoided by not landfilling over 3,418 tons of waste.

“As stewards to the taxpayers of the state of Texas, it is essential that we do everything in our power to keep the cost of our students’ education reasonable and affordable,” Randy Rikel, WTAMU’s vice president for business and finance, said. “This project will be paid 100 percent from the energy and water savings, so additional funding is not needed. This partnership with Ameresco achieves these goals, plus it reduces our energy and water demand now, thereby benefiting the environment.”

About Ameresco 

Founded in 2000, Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC) is a leading independent provider of comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe. Ameresco’s sustainability services include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction and operation of renewable energy plants. Ameresco has successfully completed energy saving, environmentally responsible projects with Federal, state and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial customers. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, Mass., Ameresco has more than 1,000 employees providing local expertise in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit