Ameresco Completes Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Project with Central Michigan’s Montcalm Community College

  Ameresco Completes Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Project with Central
  Michigan’s Montcalm Community College

  Energy Savings Performance Contract will help the college to significantly
   reduce energy and operational costs while enhancing learning environment

Business Wire

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & SIDNEY, Mich. -- October 24, 2012

Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE: AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy
company, announced today the completion of energy efficiency upgrades to
Montcalm Community College (MCC), located in Sidney Township, Michigan. As
part of the $1.2 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), Ameresco
implemented various infrastructure upgrades and energy saving measures across
the College’s two campuses. The new equipment and energy management system
installed will allow the College to save an estimated $129,000 annually over
the ten-year contract without the burden of up-front capital investment.

Located in central Michigan between Grand Rapids and Lansing, MCC sought to
implement a campus-wide “face lift” in order to enhance its infrastructure and
educational environment simultaneously. As part of the partnership, Ameresco
installed lighting and HVAC upgrades, an energy management system to increase
control over energy consuming systems, as well as vending machine controls and
building envelope enhancements to save on annual energy costs.

“Montcalm Community College selected Ameresco as its partner given its
extensive track record of working with institutions of higher education,” said
MCC President Bob Ferrentino. “The work that has been done provided building
enhancements which have improved the learning environment and comfort for our
students while reducing our energy costs.”

Along with energy efficiency enhancements, Ameresco also provided energy
efficiency training to staff to help MCC develop campus-wide energy standards.
Ameresco collaborated with MCC staff to identify areas of focus and improve
the resources available to further the level of training and resulting
awareness of energy efficient behaviors by students and faculty.

“Montcalm Community College has shown real leadership by implementing energy
efficient measures campus-wide, and we are proud to partner with them to reach
their sustainability goals,” said Louis P. Maltezos, executive vice president
of Ameresco. “We have a history of working with academic institutions in
Michigan and across North America, and we have found that implementing energy
saving measures through a budget-neutral ESPC model enable institutions such
as MCC to reinvest back into programs that will have a direct benefit to
students, faculty and the broader community.”

Ameresco’s work with MCC comes on the heels of a nearly complete ESPC with
neighboring Ovid Elsie Area K-12 Schools, following a trend of educational
facilities of all sizes in Michigan and across North America that are looking
to save on costs by implementing energy infrastructure upgrades designed to
stabilize and reduce ongoing utility costs. As part of its budget-neutral ESPC
model, Ameresco can modernize a single facility or provide comprehensive
campus-wide energy management systems, built from cutting-edge energy
efficient and renewable energy solutions, financed entirely with future
savings from campus energy conservation.

About Ameresco, Inc.

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 facilities throughout North
America. Ameresco’s 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, MA, Ameresco provides local expertise through its 63 offices in 34
states and five Canadian provinces. Ameresco has more than 900 employees. For
more information, visit

About Montcalm Community College

Founded in 1965 on the former Anderson farm, MCC’s main campus is situated on
220 beautiful acres near Sidney. Additional features include the historic Barn
Theater, Montcalm Heritage Village, a newly renovated center for visual arts,
an NCAA-sized swimming pool and three miles of self-guided nature trails.
Additional sites include the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) in
Greenville, the Panhandle Area Center in Howard City and the Ionia Educational
Center. With average semester enrollments of more than 2,200 students, MCC
offers 62 associate degree, certificate and job-training programs; courses for
transfer to bachelor’s degree programs; online courses; and articulations with
other colleges that offer students a seamless transfer. MCC combines
state-of-the-art facilities and technology with its highly qualified
instructors, small class sizes and affordable tuition to meet the educational
needs of its community. Some of MCC’s 62 programs include nursing and allied
health, business, integrated manufacturing technology, computers and more.


Ameresco, Inc.
CarolAnn Hibbard, 508-661-2264
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