Energy Savings Performance Contract Energy Sales Agreements

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


An energy savings performance contract energy sales agreement (ESPC ESA) is a project structure, similar to a power purchase agreement, that uses the multiyear ESPC authority to implement renewable energy projects (referred to as ESA energy conservation measures [ECMs]) on federal buildings or land. The ESA ECM is initially privately owned for tax-incentive purposes, and the federal agency purchases the electricity it produces. An ESPC ESA is one of the most cost-effective methods for implementing on-site distributed energy projects at civilian federal agency sites.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

Replaced by May 2021 version: NREL/FS-7A40-79787.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-7A40-73089

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102019-5138


  • civilian federal agency sites
  • cost-effective federal distributed energy projects
  • ECM
  • energy conservation measure
  • energy sales agreement
  • energy savings performance contract
  • ESA
  • ESA
  • ESPC
  • multiyear authority
  • on-site distributed energy projects
  • project structure
  • renewable energy project
  • tax incentives


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