City of Phoenix and Ameresco Host Groundbreaking Event at the 91st Ave Wastewater Treatment Plant Biogas Project

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Sub-Regional Operating Group (SROG) representatives including City
Leaders from Phoenix, Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Tempe participated
in today’s event

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#biogasAmeresco,
Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), a leading renewable
energy
and energy
efficiency
company, and the City of Phoenix today hosted a
ceremonial groundbreaking event for the start of a multi-million dollar
wastewater treatment biogas utilization project at the 91st
Ave Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Once operational, it is expected
to be the largest wastewater treatment biogas-to-renewable natural gas
facility of its kind in the United States. The attendees at the event
heard from a variety of speakers including City leaders and Ameresco
representatives.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton stated, “Making Phoenix more sustainable
isn’t just the right thing to do, it is also sparks innovation and
creates exciting new economic opportunities. By partnering with Ameresco
at our new processing plant, Phoenix is taking previously untapped raw
biogas generated by wastewater treatment and turning it into a renewable
energy source that can be sold. This cutting-edge partnership benefits
our regional economy and environment at the same time. Phoenix has set
ambitious sustainability and renewable energy goals, and this
partnership will help us get there.”

Michael T. Bakas, Senior Vice President, Ameresco said, “Ameresco is
honored to be partnering with the cities of Phoenix, Glendale, Mesa,
Tempe and Scottsdale, and we’re truly excited to break ground and get
underway. The exceptional aspect of this project is the ability to
capture a wasted resource and utilize it, thereby efficiently making use
of this valuable renewable energy asset. We’re looking forward to making
this project a reality later this year for a community that recognizes
the tremendous value and importance of environmental stewardship in
conjunction with fueling the local economic growth engine with this new
business while at the same time reducing its costs.”

Ameresco will design, build, own, operate and maintain (DBOOM)
the wastewater biogas-to-energy facility. The WWTP is owned by the
Sub-Regional Operating Group (SROG) made up of Phoenix, Glendale, Mesa,
Scottsdale, and Tempe, and serves these cities. The WWTP is operated by
the City of Phoenix.

The 91st Ave biogas project, expected to be operational in
late 2017, will process the raw biogas generated in the anaerobic
digesters into renewable natural gas (RNG) that will be sold to the
vehicle market through the nation’s natural gas pipeline grid. The
biogas is a mixture of various gasses (mostly methane and carbon
dioxide) produced through the anaerobic decomposition of organic matter
delivered to the WWTP. With a project size of 3,250 standard cubic feet
per minute (SCFM) capacity, the project is expected to be the largest of
its kind in the nation.

This project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by nearly 45,000
tons per year, the equivalent of taking over 70,000 cars off the road or
planting over 87,000 acres of tress every year.

About the City of Phoenix
Phoenix is the capital and largest
city in the State of Arizona. With approximately 1,563,025 inhabitants,
Phoenix is the sixth most populous city nationwide, the most populous
state capital in the United States, and the only state capital with a
population of more than a million residents. The City of Phoenix is the
anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the
Sun, which in turn is a part of the Salt River Valley. In addition,
Phoenix is the county seat of Maricopa County and is one of the largest
cities in the United States by land area. The area is known for high-end
resorts, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses and vibrant nightclubs, but
the city’s biggest attraction may be the sunshine and winter warmth. For
more information, visit https://www.phoenix.gov/.

About Ameresco, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Ameresco, Inc.
(NYSE:AMRC) is a leading independent provider of comprehensive services,
energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and
renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout
North America and Europe. Ameresco’s sustainability services include
upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development,
construction and operation of renewable energy plants. Ameresco has
successfully completed energy saving, environmentally responsible
projects with Federal, state and local governments, healthcare and
educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and
industrial customers. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, MA,
Ameresco has more than 1,000 employees providing local expertise in the
United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information,
visit www.ameresco.com.

The announcement of a customer’s entry into a project contract is not
necessarily indicative of the timing or amount of revenue from such
contract, of the company’s overall revenue for any particular period or
of trends in the company’s overall total construction backlog. This
project was included in our previously reported Assets in Development as
of September 30, 2016.

Contacts

Ameresco:
CarolAnn Hibbard, 508-661-2264
news@ameresco.com
or
City
of Phoenix:

Stephanie Bracken, 602-534-1209
stephanie.bracken@phoenix.gov