Congressman-elect LaMalfa Joins Butte County and Ameresco Officials to Mark Completion of Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project

  Congressman-elect LaMalfa Joins Butte County and Ameresco Officials to Mark
  Completion of Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project

 Ribbon cutting ceremony recognizes the benefits of the 2.2 megawatt facility
that is expected to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 1,300
                          northern California homes

Business Wire

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & PARADISE, Calif. -- December 05, 2012

Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy
company, today joined with California and Butte County officials to
commemorate the completion of its 2.2 megawatt (MW) landfill gas-to-energy
(LFGTE) project at the Neal Road Recycling & Waste Facility in Paradise, CA.
U.S. Congressman-elect Doug LaMalfa and Butte County Chair of the Board of
Supervisors Steve Lambert, joined Ameresco officials for a ribbon cutting
ceremony to recognize the innovative renewable energy project that is expected
to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 1,300 homes, and is
expected to save the County significant amounts of money through reduced
energy costs and royalty payments over the next 20 years.

“We need domestic energy production. This is a great example of taking waste
and creating power from it,” said Congressman-elect LaMalfa. “I applaud the
efforts of Butte County and their project partner, Ameresco, for creating
energy and local jobs here in this community.”

Ameresco designed and built the facility, and will own, operate and maintain
it for the duration of the 20-year contract. The facility will collect methane
gas produced by decaying organic materials and process it to generate power,
with a portion of the revenues from the sale of that power returned to the
County for the duration of the contract. The clean energy produced from the
project will be sold to Alameda Municipal Power through a 20-year power
purchase agreement.

“After years of hard work, I am really pleased with the completion of this
project,” said Steve Lambert, Chair of the Butte County Board of Supervisors.
“This innovative public-private partnership further increases the County’s
renewable energy production while generating revenues for the County. I want
to thank all those who made the project possible, including the Board of
Supervisors, Ameresco, PG&E, permitting agencies, as well as County staff.”

Landfill gas is the largest source of human-made methane emissions in the
United States. A natural product of waste decomposition, landfill gas is made
up of roughly 50 percent methane, 45 percent CO[2], and 5 percent other
components. The current facility is expected to generate enough clean energy
to reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by over 10,400 tons of
CO[2] annually, which is equivalent to removing nearly 1,900 cars from the
roads or planting over 2,000 acres of trees. These environmental benefits will
nearly double when the plant is expanded, as currently expected, to 4.3 MW in
the near future.

“We have worked with several counties and municipalities throughout the
country to convert landfill gas from an environmental liability into an
economic and environmental boon, and Butte County is to be applauded for
having the foresight to advance this project,” said Michael T. Bakas, Senior
Vice President of Ameresco. “We are thrilled to have partnered with Butte
County to provide its residents with clean energy, and we look forward to
helping them achieve their economic and sustainability goals through the
measurable financial and energy benefits LFGTE projects provide.”

Ameresco’s LFGTE services improve greenhouse gas compliance and provide
revenue for landfill owners while providing end users with a clean, renewable
option for their energy. Ameresco also offers biomass, geothermal, wind and
solar projects, as well as energy efficiency solutions and Energy Savings
Performance Contracts (ESPCs).

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 www.ameresco.com.

Contact:

Ameresco, Inc.
CarolAnn Hibbard, 508-661-2264
news@ameresco.com