Energy Solutions

You are here: Home > Energy Solutions
Power Purchase Agreements

We are passionate about helping our clients benefit from 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.

Burns Mechanical offers 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. Additionally, 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, including Commercial PACE (C-PACE)
  • Whole building energy audits and tune-up projects


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. Since completion of this project in 2013, Burns has been an on-going partner with the school district, providing engineering advice and completing two subsequent phases of the contract, including controls upgrades and retro-commissioning services to other buildings, as well as preventive maintenance services on major equipment.

Case study: Doylestown Hospital

Burns’ engineers created a cost-effective solution to replace an aging central plant which saved Doylestown Health $700,000 in annual energy costs. Our team identified and secured nearly $1 million in grants and rebates, which funded more than 20% of the project. With Burns acting as design-builder, our team conceptualized, designed, built, and commissioned a 1.6 MW combined heat and power (CHP), or cogeneration, plant. The CHP system now provides heat for the healthcare campus and generates roughly 80% of the electrical power needs while cutting carbon and greenhouse gas emissions in half. Burns staff conducted all energy measurement and verification (M&V) activities, which validated the feasibility study financial pro forma and created a positive cash flow for the hospital within the first year of system operation.

Case Study: Peirce College

While assisting long-time service client Peirce College through the capital budgeting process, Burns developed a prioritized list of HVAC replacements and upgrades based on condition and life cycle cost. Through energy modeling, the Burns team presented an energy cost savings that that completely funded the initial cost of the project. The retrofit project included a boiler plant upgrade, heat pump replacements, and a new building automation system, plus additional replacements and upgrades for aging equipment. Burns engineered, built and commissioned each piece of the project. In total, Burns obtained over $20,000 of PECO Act 129 rebates on behalf of the owner. The project was completed on time and on budget, without a single change order request. We continue to provide Peirce College with on-going energy monitoring to ensure that pre-project expectation is met.