Ameresco To Do Energy Upgrades In S.F.

The San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) says it spends around $12 million per year on water, gas, sewage and electricity for the 6,575 units of public housing it manages. But the SFHA says that number will go down sharply – by some $4.5 million – when contractor Ameresco completes $30 million in energy efficiency upgrades. In a press release, Ameresco said the work would begin straightaway in the new year.

Ameresco said it will install upgrades such as new lighting, plumbing fixtures, boilers, water heaters, furnaces and decentralized heating fixtures. Plans also call for cogeneration, improved energy management systems and building ventilation, as well as new windows at some sites, the company said.

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“These major energy and water improvements will make a real difference in the everyday lives of our tenants, and we are so thankful to have this opportunity to upgrade our facilities,” Henry Alvarez III, SFHA executive director, said in a statement. In all, Ameresco said, the 20-year deal will save the SFHA $60 million.

Earlier last year, the San Francisco agency had used $11.7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to award a contract to Ameresco for energy infrastructure improvements that included new windows and piping distribution replacements at three sites.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.