Plant or energy supply contracting means that an energy service company (ESCO) as energy service provider takes over the energy supply of a building, mainly supply of thermal heat and hot drinking-water, at its own economic risk.
The ESCO invests in new plant technology and is responsible for its operation and maintenance and concludes a long-term contract with the client regarding the supply of heat, power, compressed air, refrigeration or process heat at negotiated prices.
CHP contracting models - doing energy efficiency together
The contracting model has many advantages for the building owner: He needs not make own investments to upgrade the energy supply installations in his home to the state of the art. He can profit from the know-how of the ESCO whose economic aim it is to achieve a competitive supply price and thus the best possible efficient method of production. Moreover, the building owner can offer his tenants or users favourable prices for heating and hot water and in this way gain a price advantage over his competitors on the real estate market with regard to running costs.
An additional value für building owners, landlords and tenants
In the field of contracting, the Berliner Energieagentur has specialised on decentralised supply using small combined heat and power units (CHP) in combination with natural gas fuelled condensing boilers. These plants operate on the principle of combined heat and power generation (CHP) and have an especially high efficiency as they almost completely use the fuel put in for the production of heat and power. Building users can obtain the power generated by the CHP unit directly from the Berliner Energieagentur. Depending on the type of building and the annual heat requirement, solar thermal plants may also be operated under a contracting scheme.
At its own economic risk, Berliner Energieagentur also installs and operates photovoltaic power plants for the production of solar electricity. In this model, BEA pays a contractually agreed usage fee or a portion of the feed-in compensation received under the Renewable Energies Act (REA) for the use of roof areas.