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Power Purchase Agreements

As part of a fleet of mechanical contracting firms, Burns Mechanical is able to leverage a broad range of sustainable energy solutions capabilities for our customers’ benefit. These capabilities allow us to determine the best energy solutions for our customers. We are passionate about helping our clients benefit from the most advanced energy-use strategies and energy services capabilities, including access to the energy trading floor.

Our Building Performance Services, an advanced suite of consulting services, provides energy benchmarking, operations cost saving, energy monitoring services, and full energy auditing capability resulting in a measurable, provable return on investment in conjunction with mechanical and maintenance contracts.

We are able to offer guaranteed energy savings agreements, energy benchmarking and efficiency upgrades, smart grid and distributed generation projects, district heating and cooling projects, renewable energy projects, and energy commodity contracts. And, we are able to introduce sophisticated energy financing solutions – whether on or off our clients’ balance sheets – such as various operating lease structures.

  • Building performance consulting services
  • Green energy solutions
  • Guaranteed energy savings contracts
  • Renewable energy projects
  • Cogeneration systems
  • Creative energy financing solutions
  • Whole building energy audits

Case study: The Chichester School District

One customer, the Chichester School District, was able to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Act to fund necessary HVAC upgrades to their aging Middle School. More than $2 million in guaranteed energy savings helped to fund an HVAC retrofit that added air conditioning and improved the indoor environmental quality for faculty and students. Burns Mechanical installed 25,000 feet (nearly 5-miles) of HVAC piping in less than two-months so the school could open in time for fall classes.

Case study: The Hill at Whitemarsh

Burns Mechanical designed, built, and maintains an energy efficient 1.6-megawatt natural gas central utility plant for the Whitemarsh Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lafayette Hill, PA. A third party owns and operates the system under a power purchase agreement.

The central utility plant operates efficiently by providing both electricity and thermal energy to the retirement community. The plant reduces the amount of electricity the facility draws from the electrical grid during peak demand periods. The waste heat is recovered from the engine exhaust and jacket water cooling system and used to provide heat for the facility’s domestic hot water and indoor pool. The waste heat is also used in the heat pump water distribution loop. If the engine is not operating, heat is provided through three natural gas-fired boilers. The central utility plant also provides back up power for the retirement community in the event of a power outage.