ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Overview and Requirements  

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

NOTE: This course was originally scheduled for January 29 but was moved due to extenuating circumstances.

This webinar is the first of a series will provide information, best practices, and resource for implementing an Energy Savings Performance Contract Energy Sales Agreement (ESPC ESA) project. ESPC ESAs are a great option for federal sites that are motivated to reduce site costs, have no capital investment funding, and cannot use the U.S. Department of Defense 10 USC 2922a authority for long-term contracting. Below is the schedule for the other webinars in this series:

  • ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Overview and Requirements - Tuesday, March 12 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST
  • ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Photovoltaic Project Considerations - Tuesday, April 23
  • ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Site-Specific Stand-Alone Project Overview - July 2019
  • ESPC ESA Webinar Series: ENABLE with an ESA - October 2019

The ESPC ESA Webinar Series: Overview and Requirements webinar will identify the benefits of on-site photovoltaic projects, followed by a description regarding why it is important to act now (due to pending investment tax credit reductions). The ESPC ESA project structured description will begin with a high level overview of ESPCs and power purchase agreements (PPAs); followed by ESPC ESA project requirements and contract structure recommendations. An overview of the implementation approaches and available FEMP resources will also be provided. There will be approximately 30 minutes allocated for questions and answers.


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

Chandra Shah is a senior project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Chandra 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

In this course you will learn to:

  • Recognize how on-site PV can benefit a federal agency;
  • Appreciate why it is important to act now - tax incentive decreases will impact project economics;
  • Understand the ESPC ESA project structure and requirements;
  • Grasp the different approaches for implementing ESPC ESA projects: site-specific/stand-alone, IDIQ and ENABLE; and
  • Learn about other FEMP services and resources (currently available and planned) for ESPC ESA project support for all of the project implementation approaches.