ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Site-Specific Stand-Alone Contract Vehicle Overview  

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours


0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This webinar will provide instructions and resources for 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) through the site–specific/stand–alone contract vehicle.

The site–specific/stand–alone contract vehicle is a procurement process using a request for proposal (RFP). Topics that will be covered during the webinar include forming a strong project team, validating the feasibility of the distributed energy project at a site, acquisition planning, RFP development, procurement, proposal evaluation and contract award, and the construction and performance period. This webinar will also provide an overview of the resources available in the ESPC ESA Toolkit, such as checklists and templates.

Below is a list of all of the webinars in this series:


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

Chandra Shah is a senior project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She is the laboratory lead for the Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) distributed energy procurement program and has been supporting FEMP since 1998. She is a co-author of the ESPC ESA Toolkit.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar learners will:

  • Understand the benefits of using an ESPC ESA site–specific/stand–alone contract;
  • Learn the process for developing an ESPC ESA site–specific/stand–alone contract;
  • Understand the key contractual considerations to ensure a successful project; and
  • Learn about available resources to help with an ESPC ESA site–specific/stand–alone contract, such as the ESPC ESA Toolkit.

This webinar supports the following FBPTA learning objectives:

  • 4.3.3: Demonstrate knowledge of alternative financing options for energy projects;
  • 4.4.4: Demonstrate the ability to work with Facilities team to negotiate rates and discounts;
  • 4.5.8: Demonstrate knowledge and ability to develop UESC and ESPC;
  • 9.1.1: Demonstrate ability to work in integrated project teams to execute small, medium, and large projects;
  • 10.3.2: Demonstrate knowledge of rules and requirements for purchasing products and services;
  • 10.3.3: Demonstrate ability to assess technical requirements needed to ensure delivery and quality of services/products;
  • 10.3.4: Demonstrate ability to create an effective Statement of Work (SOW) for COR or Contracting Officer to ensure proper procurement of a product or service; and
  • 10.4.4: Demonstrate ability to quantify potential for cost savings and cost avoidance.