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Model Documents for an Energy Savings Performance Contract Project

This page contains a model contract template and companion documents to help you launch energy efficiency projects through Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC). Read about how these documents were developed.

The ESPC Model Documents were prepared as resources that can be used when developing or updating procurement and contracting documents for ESPC projects and programs. Neither the United States government nor any agency thereof, nor any of its employees, make any warranty, express or implied, or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed or represent that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States government or any agency thereof.

The documents have been organized into four categories:

Energy Service Company Solicitation

There are two main approaches to solicit an ESCO:

  1. ESCO Solicitation with ESCO Pre-Qualification
  2. ESCO Solicitation with Standard RFP

An institution can pre-qualify ESCOs by using a Request for Qualifications (RFQ)/Request for Proposal (RFP) process to select from a pre-qualified pool of ESCOs. Model documents for ESCO solicitations with ESCO pre-qualification are listed below and are organized in the following three categories:

Request for Qualifications to Pre-Qualify ESCOs

RFP for Final ESCO Selection from Pre-Qualified Pool

ESCO Pre-Qualification Contract

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ESCO Solicitation with Standard RFP (no RFQ Phase) 

In the absence of a pre-qualified pool, an institution can issue an RFP to solicit and select an ESCO. Model documents for ESCO solicitation with standard RFP include: 

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Investment Grade Audit and Project Proposal

Once an ESCO is selected, the ESCO enters into a contract with the institution to:

  1. Conduct an investment grade audit to evaluate potential energy savings measures
  2. Present a project proposal for a set of bundled measures that deliver savings to pay for the project over the finance term

Model documents for investment grade audits and project proposals include: 

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Energy Savings Performance Contract

The ESPC defines the project, establishing how it will be implemented during construction and how it will be managed through the entire term of the agreement, addressing construction details, roles and responsibilities of the ESCO and institution, and guaranteed savings through measurement and verification.

View a model ESPC to see examples of how it can be arranged. Download model schedules and exhibits as one complete document

Financing Solicitation

Financial firms may be competitively selected to provide financing, where the solicitation can be handled by the end-user or by the ESCO on behalf of the institution.

Model documents for financing solicitations include: 

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