Ameresco Canada Inc. received the $8-million contract from a competition among prequalified vendors under NRCan's federal buildings initiative, a voluntary program to retrofit government buildings for energy efficiency.
NRCan plans to ask Ameresco to "develop and implement comprehensive energy management projects ... including the necessary design concept, engineering, financing, construction, contracting, and commissioning services," according to information published on Merx, a procurement website used by the federal government.
The building or buildings being considered for the retrofit were not disclosed in the Merx notice.
Ameresco will be paid through an energy performance contract, meaning the money will come from the annual energy savings realized by performing the work.
The nearly 40-year-old company has experience working with government, universities and the private sector in clean energy projects spanning wind turbines, solar, geothermal, biomass regeneration and waste-to-energy.