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What is an EPC Energy Company?

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What does EPC stand for?

EPC stands for engineering, procurement and construction.

EPC companies can be a wide range of industries. EnergyLink is a full service EPC energy company.  

Occasionally potential customers may have a difficult time grasping exactly what it is we do, which does not involve pushing a particular product; rather, we engineer comprehensive energy systems specifically tailored to each particular application, and are on site to work with project managers and construction crews to ensure quality installations.

We also help the customer navigate all aspects of financing, including incentives, applicable grants, and tax benefits.  Many projects can be started with no money down.

What does an EPC energy company do?

Here are a few examples of facilities that we work with and the areas that we can help:

Office buildings and schools:

Common problem areas in this type of building are inefficient or oversized HVAC systems, inefficient, mismatched or outdated lighting, air stratification problems, high energy usage in early afternoons related to air conditioning, outdated, inadequate, or improperly programmed building control systems.

Possible solutions:

Buildings of this type have distinct energy usage curves related to normal office hours, which we can use to our advantage with on-site generation and energy storage.

HVAC systems can be analyzed, properly zoned, and better matched to cooling load with intelligent control, which will increase efficiency and drive down peak power usage.

LED lights can be installed in place of outdated fluorescent or HID bulbs.

Air destratification fans can help bring warm air down from the ceiling, increasing comfort and helping the HVAC system maintain peak efficiency.

Solar power can be used to further drive down peak usage and generate extra power throughout the day.

All of these systems can be tied together via automation to create a smarter building that constantly adapts to changing conditions.

Climate-Controlled Storage:

These types of facilities often have high energy usage relating to lighting and HVAC systems.

Possible solutions:

Many storage facilities are prime candidates for solar, as they often have large, obstruction free roof areas.

HVAC systems can be properly zoned and controlled in a dynamically scheduled manner to decrease peak usage.

Destratification is helpful for facilities with tall ceilings.

Efficient LED lighting can be combined with occupancy sensors to only provide lighting where needed.

Multi-Family Apartment Buildings or Living Facilities:

Often older apartment buildings (and even newer buildings) suffer from inadequate insulation, air leaks, inefficient lighting, improper ventilation, inadequate control, and other issues.

Possible EPC solutions:

EnergyLink’s BPI certified auditors use software specifically geared towards multi-family apartment buildings, highlighting opportunities for savings in many areas.  Effective solutions for energy hogging apartment buildings can be as simple as blow-in attic insulation and air sealing to internet-enabled occupancy-controlled thermostats specifically designed for multi-family, multi-room applications, with a single interface for the property manager and owner.
EnergyLink also analyzes your water bill, and can calculate savings from low flow toilets, shower heads and faucets.

For apartment buildings with multiple meters, EnergyLink can design solar systems to interconnect to each meter, or negotiate with the local utility to aggregate the meters and use a single interconnection.

This allows for building owners to take control of energy billing.
EnergyLink will assist property management groups and owners in setting up and maintaining RUBS (Ratio Utility Billing System), which bills the tenants back their water, electric, and gas usage, and/or utility billing conversion, which helps control utility costs. In addition, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and FHA are offering reduced interest rates (up to 40 basis points) on new or refinanced mortgages for owners to improve the efficiency of the property.
EnergyLink is approved to work with these programs to help owners improve their properties to meet the proper standards.

EPC financing solutions:

Our potential customers are impressed by the reduced utility costs, but but may be intimidated by upfront costs.

EnergyLink is an approved contractor with a number of capital providers, utility rebates and financing options, government grant and loan programs, and more options to provide 100% funding for your project.

With long-term, no money down financing, energy savings overcompensate for your annual assessment, leaving substantial surplus cash-flow for added profits or other business expenses.

Funding, grant, and rebate programs for EPC projects include:

  • PACE Funding (www.pacenation.us) – PACE is a government funding option that applies to nearly every commercial or industrial facility, for-profit or non-profit. It is a tool used for energy and capital improvements, and is assessed on your annual property taxes.
  • USDA REAP (Rural Energy For America Program) Grant (Up to 25% of total project costs) and Loan (Up to 75% of total project costs) – REAP is available to rural small businesses and agricultural producers looking to install renewable energy and energy efficient improvements.
  • Utility Rebates – We will work with your local utility providers to expedite any rebate programs that may apply for solutions such as lighting, solar energy, HVAC automation, building controls, low-flow showerheads/toilets/faucets, and more.

Everything Else

No project is too big or too small for EnergyLink.

We can audit, engineer, and construct innovative energy solutions using a variety of products for almost any situation or application.
Small or large scale commercial, residential, agricultural, or industrial, EnergyLink is your go-to solution for consultation, financing, and construction, ultimately saving thousands on your energy bills and building a greener future.

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