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Title: Project Financing

Project Financing
  • Harold Meyer Ameresco - Business Development
  • Kimberly Albertson Ameresco - Finance Manager
  • Gunner Broadwick CitiCapital - Senior District

ESCo is Single-Source Provider
Financing Options
  • Performance Contracting allows Municipalities to
    procure energy infrastructure projects without
    the need for any capital
  • Repayment of all costs over time and based on
    on-going energy savings
  • ESCo typically handles financing component just
    as it would all other facets of turnkey project

Financing Instruments
  • Loan
  • Bond
  • Lease
  • ESCo arranges financing between Municipality and
    3rd party lender
  • Separate financing allows much lower cost of
    financing due to Tax-Exempt status of
  • Total project cost repayment covered by energy
    savings which are guaranteed by ESCo

Municipal Lease is most popular
  • Repayment treated as an annual operating expense
    as is utilities expense
  • Voter referendum is not required
  • Lease payments are not considered debt due to
    Non-Appropriation Provision
  • No effect on municipalitys debt ceiling
    limits/borrowing limits
  • Tax-exempt interest rates are low
  • No transaction costs
  • Quick process 30-45 days
  • Municipality takes immediate title to new
  • Lender is granted security interest on the

Financing Process
  • Financing should occur in sync with the auditing
    and finalizing of the performance contract
  • Credit review
  • Structure/Documentation
  • Draw schedule construction term, repayment term,
    rebates, finalize financed amount
  • Develop Financing RFP to competitively select a
    Lender jointly with Municipality
  • Rate basis/index or Rate lock/hold
  • Escrow agent/fees
  • Security requirements
  • Prepayment provisions
  • Closing date
  • Other terms and conditions

Financing Package
  • 3 years financial statements
  • Current budget
  • Outstanding ratings
  • Demographics
  • Investment-Grade Energy Audit
  • Energy Services Agreement

Lenders Perspective
  • Evaluating the Project
  • Essential use of the equipment
  • Projected savings to debt service ratio
  • Experience and Financial Strength of ESCo
  • ESCo Guarantee for term of project
  • Maintaining the equipment
  • Construction Performance Payment Bonds

Typical Municipal Lease Structure
  • Installment Purchase Agreement for state and
    local governments and political subdivisions to
    purchase equipment
  • Periodic principal and interest payments made
    over a specific period of time, matching the
    useful life of the asset
  • Full Ownership at end of the lease, usually 1.00
    payout at the end
  • Net Lease, Lessee is responsible for all
    maintenance, insurance and applicable taxes

Financing Scenario
Baseline Cost Oil Bill 205,011 Gas
Bill 25,355 Electric Bill 165,040
Water Sewer Bill 53,881
Total Base Bill 449,287 Savings Oil
Savings 20 41,002 Gas Savings 15
3,803 Electric Savings 25 41,260 Water/Sewer
Savings 30 16,164 Total Savings 102,230
Financing Term 10 Years Interest
Rate 4.50 Capital Potential 808,917
Capital Investment
Potential Cost Buydowns
ESCo will seek out all available financial
rebates and incentives on behalf of the
customer Electric and Gas utility company
conservation programs Massachusetts Technology
Collaborative - Massachusetts Renewable Energy
Trust Emission Credits US EPA and Mass DEP -
New efficient equipment reduces power plant
emissions - Clean Air Act provides economic