United American Power Group (UAPG) is an energy consulting company that partners with local energy providers and engineers to enable companies and municipalities to transition to energy efficiency without materially affecting their budgets.
An engineer will inspect your facilities to develop a free assessment that identifies energy waste. If a viable energy improvement project is indicated, a proposal will be presented to you for consideration. If you approve the proposal, the project will be scheduled and performed with minimal disruption to your facilities.
There are no upfront costs; you’ll immediately have new equipment and a smaller carbon footprint. Your energy budget will remain about the same for 3-5 years after which you’ll enjoy lower energy costs.
Generally the engineers look at HVAC systems, water heaters, refrigeration equipment, motors and drives, lighting and water usage. Streetlights and road signs are among additional items that are included in municipal assessments.
The assessment report describes the items and systems that can be upgraded to optimize efficiency and details a range of quality upgrades that you can choose (e.g. good, better, best) to achieve that optimization. Details of costs and potential savings are included as well.
You do not have to go out of pocket for the energy assessment. Please note a full report might not be provided if indicated improvements are minimal: for instance if it is found you only need to change some light bulbs, that will be transmitted to you verbally.
Energy companies are under increasing pressure to reduce carbon emissions and close coal-fired plants. Every time a company or municipality participates in this program, the energy companies get closer to these goals. Also, you will be required to purchase energy at competitive rates from the funding energy provider for the duration of the payoff period.
The small energy providers can’t afford to fund these programs and likely would not be allowed to if they could. The providers we work with are either Fortune 500 companies or their parent companies are.
You can pick and choose which upgrades you want and the quality level of equipment; these options will be included in the proposal. Please note smaller projects might not be economically feasible for funding and you might choose to do them on your own.
After the upgrades are implemented, your energy expenses will immediately go down. But by keeping your utility bills at the same amount, you pay for the project with your energy savings. You’ll be paying off the improvements without materially affecting your budget. There are no upfront bills and your payoff will be an additional line item on your utility bill.
Generally the energy providers require at least 8,000 sf of usable roof space (net of existing HVAC equipment, skylights etc.) for solar to be included. If your roof is smaller and you still want some solar components, they can still be installed but won’t be financed under the program. Solar panels can also be situated on the ground, if space is available.