Worcester Housing Authority - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency  -  April 14, 2020

Worcester Housing Authority completes second phase of $23.6M ESPC

The Worcester Housing Authority, who provides affordable housing to more than 3,000 households in Massachusetts, finalized the second phase of work on an existing energy performance contract that totaled $23.6 million to construct energy conservation measures at 15 affordable housing developments.

This second phase totaled $13.5 million and included upgrading interior and exterior lighting fixtures, replacing windows at two developments and making improvements to three cogeneration units at other WHA developments.

The energy performance contract is being completed by Ameresco, Inc. WHA also receives incentives for efficiency improvements from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and will have no upfront costs for these improvements.

“Our ability to provide quality, upgraded housing to residents depends on federal appropriations that we have been fortunate to supplement with private capital through our partnership with Ameresco,” Alex Corrales, Executive Director of the Worcester Housing Authority, said in a statement. “The incentives for energy and water conservation available to us through HUD’s energy performance contract program are invaluable, and with the phase-two building improvements provided by Ameresco, we will continue to reduce our carbon footprint and provide the best quality-of-life to all of the residents we serve.”

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