District Energy 2.0
It seems there is a lot being said about district energy – good and not so good. While the vision of a low carbon energy solution is laudable, the reality is that there is a distinct risk of being tied into legacy systems that are very expensive or difficult to update. So far, we have not seen many truly low carbon solutions and there are some questionable motivations behind a few that do not fit well with climate goals – especially those that have become major income generators for local governments. Where is the incentive to save energy?
We have a new solution that connects buildings financially but not physically. Imagine – a district energy system without the infrastructure. Because our model is built upon reducing the input energy used by a building to as low as possible, we really will deliver the energy and carbon savings in line with the policies that most municipalities have committed to. We also take a “portfolio” approach where by municipalities can participate in the revenue stream and allocate the cash to more investments in energy efficiency improvements.
End game? Everyone wins.