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April 8, 2024

Framingham cleantech firm inks $140M contract for California cogeneration facility

A large windowed building sits behind two grass plots with pink, red, and white flowers in the foreground Photo | Courtesy of Kelleher & Sadowsky Associates, Inc. Headquarters of renewable energy firm Ameresco at 111 Speen St. in Framingham

Ameresco has entered into a $140-million contract to build a biogas cogeneration facility for the Sacramento Area Sewer District located at the EchoWater Resource Recovery Facility near Elk Grove, California. 

The new 13.4-megawatt cogeneration plant, to be completed by July 2026, will use fuel cell and engine technology to utilize biogas, a byproduct of the EchoWater Facility’s solids treatment process, to create renewable electricity and heat for the facility, according to a press release Monday from the Framingham clean energy firm.  

“Capturing and repurposing biogenic methane, that is already in our environment and produced by society, to displace fossil fuel is a powerful example of the circular economy in action, where waste is not discarded, but turned into a valuable asset,” Michael Bakas, executive vice president of Ameresco, said in the release. “This voluntary act by SacSewer, backed by a material investment into this advanced renewable energy center, speaks volumes to their commitment to our environment and their surrounding community.”

Ameresco, which is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange, was founded in 2000 by President and CEO George Sakellaris. The company has more than 60 regional offices and employs 1,500 across North America and Europe, with its headquarters in Framingham.

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