Ameresco giving Austin Energy plant a $5.2M efficiency upgrade

Austin Energy's plant will get an efficiency overhaul from Ameresco.

Austin Energy's plant will get an efficiency overhaul from Ameresco. 

Renewable energy company Ameresco Inc. has started work on an energy savings performance contract for Austin Energy's Domain District Cooling Plant.

The $5.2 million budget-neutral project includes the installation of a new water storage system that will reduce the plant’s electricity usage by cooling the water at off-peak hours.

In addition, Ameresco (NYSE: AMRC) will install new piping and a mechanical system to store and shift water, as well as more efficient showerheads and faucets in the facility.

The Northwest Austin plant cools water for The Domain tenants, including industrial, retail, office and residential customers. The project is expected to be completed in December.

Austin Energy serves 425,000 residents in Austin as well as Travis and Williamson counties. Austin Energy is the nation’s eighth largest community-owned electric utility.

Massachusetts-based Ameresco works across the U.S. and Canada to make energy infrastructures more efficient and build renewable energy plants. In November, Ameresco signed a $5.4 million contract with Reed College for efficiency upgrades.

From the Austin Business Journal.

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