ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Advanced ESPC ESA Considerations  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1.5 Hours
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
0.2 CEU

This training will provide information on advanced-level topics regarding financing distributed energy projects (e.g. on-site renewable energy, storage, and combined heat and power) using an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) Energy Sales Agreement (ESA). Considerations covered will include: comparing government vs. private ownership, ensuring performance throughout the ESA contract term, monetizing tax and other incentives, and bundling considerations.

This webinar is the seventh and final in a series that provides information, best practices, and resources for implementing distributed energy projects through an ESPC ESA.

  • ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Overview and Requirements (March 12, 2019);
  • ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Photovoltaic Project Considerations (April 23, 2019);
  • ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Site-Specific Stand-Alone Project Overview (July 23, 2019);
  • ESPC ESA Webinar Series: DOE ESPC ENABLE with an ESA (October 8, 2019);
  • ESPC ESA Webinar Series: DOE IDIQ ESPC with an ESA (December 10, 2019); and
  • ESPC ESA Webinar Series: ESPC ESAs for Resilience (July 28, 2020).


Chandra Shah, CEM, MBA, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Chandra Shah is a senior project leader with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She has supported the Federal Energy Management Program since 1998 and has more than 15 years of experience helping federal partners reduce costs by implementing distributed energy (through ESPC Energy Sales Agreements and other mechanisms) and purchasing off-site renewables. She is a Certified Energy Manager and holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Douglas Gagne, MBA, Project Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Doug is a project analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He performs techno-economic analyses to identify what mix of generation technologies will most cost-effectively meet a site's power needs. He also evaluates early stage project development considerations for renewable energy and resilience projects.

Phil Voss, B.S. Architectural Engineering, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Phil Voss provides technical assistance for alternative financing programs and projects, supporting the the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program ESPC, UESC, and distributed energy initiatives. His work includes cross-coordination of these initiatives, performance-period support for ESPC projects, training development and delivery, and efforts to advance implementation of energy sales agreements at federal facilities. Phil also has experience managing project technical assistance, strategic energy planning, and representing NREL with a range of federal and non-federal clients. Phil has a B.S. in architectural engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Learn a potential methodology for conducting a financial comparison of government and private ownership;
  • Gain valuable strategies for ensuring performance during the ESA contract term;
  • Understand how an ESPC ESA could incorporate tax and other incentives into a project; and
  • Learn about available resources to help with an ESPC ESA project.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: