ACESplus: Consulting

The ACESplus program provides expert consulting services to develop advanced energy projects                   

...without procurement hassle or budgeted expense.

ACES Plus Energy Consulting Services

While the ACES energy buying program allows members to purchase electricity or natural gas at discounted rates, ACESplus provides members with convenient access to the expert consulting services they need to pursue solar energy, building efficiency, and other sustainable energy projects.  The program makes it possible to easily engage the experts needed for advanced clean energy projects by eliminating procurement burdens, while also avoiding out-of-pocket expense to the district.  Our consultants have specialized expertise and can provide step-by-step guidance through all phases of the project.   The ACESplus team will handle most of the project details, so your staff doesn’t have to – as a result, ACESplus makes these energy projects possible, resulting in reduced energy bills, lower carbon footprint, and numerous other benefits.

Recognizing that energy needs are not a “one size fits all,” ACESplus presents a fully customized and tailored approach based on the needs of each district.  There are typically two types of projects supported under the ACESplus program:  on-site solar electricity generation and energy efficiency building upgrades.  In both cases, ACESplus consultants assist the district with all project phases including: initial project assessments and opportunity sizing; development of a competitive request for proposal (RFP); management of the vendor evaluation and selection process; contract negotiations support after the award, and construction oversight.   Because ACESplus is part of the overall ACES Cooperative Purchasing Agreement, these expert services can be secured quickly and without procurement hassle.

As an added bonus, most ACESplus projects can earn points toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.  Our experts will even help prepare the necessary paperwork to ensure this benefit is realized.  Using the school building as a learning lab, ACESplus projects can frequently be incorporated into school curriculum as an innovative teaching and learning resource for students of all ages.    ACESplus consultants can also serve as a gateway to other dues based sustainability services that are offered by NJ School Boards Association such as behavior change programs and greening your policy and strategic district goals.  They can also help identify other cutting edge projects such as energy storage, demand reduction, or combined heat and power.

Once a member has joined the ACES Cooperative Pricing System, they have access to expert energy consulting services simply by passing an additional resolution that authorizes use of the ACESplus program. No additional procurement steps are required. Fees for the consulting services are captured as part of the energy project so that there are typically no budgeted expenses required from the district.

Member Feedback

Through the ACES Plus program, our district is implementing an energy efficiency project that provides environmental and economic benefits.  This success could not have been achieved without the extraordinary support of Gabel Associates and the ACES Plus program. It provided a seamless, no hassle, and cost efficient path to achieve innovative sustainability goals.

Peter Daquila, School Business Administrator for the School District of the Chathams


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