Ozzy Properties receive clean energy advisory services
NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Ozzy Properties, Inc., a premier property manager in the Merrimack Valley, announced that it is the first area company to receive clean energy advisory services as a result of a partnership between the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce and Nexamp, Inc.
Under the program, Ozzy Properties, which currently has 2.5 million square feet of office space and 100 residential units under management in the Merrimack Valley, will receive a variety of clean energy services at Heritage Place, a commercial building it owns in Lawrence. The services are supported through funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ High Performance Buildings grant program. Ozzy is the first of nearly 30 area companies that will be selected for the program, officials said.
Based on Nexamp’s initial high-level walk through, analysis of utility bill data, and experience performing building level energy audits, Nexamp recommended that Heritage Place be the site selected for the Clean Energy Road Map engagement. Heritage Place is home to a number of tenants such as NxStage Medical, an area office of the Social Security Administration, ValleyWorks Career Center as well as several medical, law and other professional offices.
“We are thrilled and honored to be named as the first recipient of clean energy advisory services from the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce and Nexamp,” said Orit Goldstein, president of Ozzy Properties. “We are pleased that our ongoing efforts to make for a more energy efficient and sustainable work environment has enabled us to receive these comprehensive services.”
The announcement was made at a recent Green Jobs Roundtable session hosted by U.S. Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., at Osgood Landing. As a result of Ozzy’s focus on green energy both for its own use and in locating tenants, the property manager has been selected in the past to host green energy summits featuring Ian A. Bowles, Massachusetts secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Nexamp, a leading clean energy company headquartered in North Andover, will provide Ozzy Properties with a customized clean energy roadmap, energy monitoring and other services. The customized clean energy roadmap provides an in-depth assessment of the energy savings and financial performance anticipated for potential clean energy investments at Ozzy’s Heritage Place facility.
Following the energy audit, Nexamp will provide Ozzy Properties with energy monitoring and building energy labeling to promote ongoing energy planning and identification of future energy savings opportunities. To ensure that immediate energy and maintenance savings benefits are realized, Nexamp will also provide Ozzy with retrocommissioning for suitable buildings. Retrocommissioning optimizes how individual equipment systems function, and how they function with each other for maximum energy efficiency. Finally, Ozzy may opt to work with Nexamp to implement additional solutions identified in the Clean Energy roadmap.
Joseph J. Bevilacqua, president and CEO of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, noted that the Chamber and Nexamp decided to make Ozzy its first recipient due to its ongoing track record of energy efficiency.
“Ozzy Properties is truly one of the pioneering companies in the Merrimack Valley when it comes to energy efficiency and has taken the lead in assisting other companies as host of the Chamber’s energy conferences these past years,” said Bevilacqua. “In recognition of this effort and of their ongoing interest to be energy efficient, we chose Ozzy Properties as the first program recipient.”
Daniel P. Leary, president and founder of Nexamp, lauded Ozzy Properties for its commitment to energy reduction. “Ozzy Properties has been a leader in clean energy initiatives and we’re excited to assist them in their ongoing sustainability efforts,” said Leary.
In June 2008, Ozzy Properties’ Osgood Landing facility in North Andover earned the distinction of having the most solar power of any privately-owned photovoltaic array in Massachusetts. At that time, Nexamp installed two solar arrays on Osgood Landing’s roof.
Osgood Landing is also home to a growing number of green technology companies, including Nexamp’s main logistics center; PanelClaw, Inc., which develops mounting solutions for photovoltaic modules; Baystate Biofuels, a renewable energy company; and CPower, Inc., a top energy management services company.
Osgood Landing was formerly occupied by Lucent Technologies. Ozzy Properties acquired the facility in 2003 and continues to redevelop the property for multi-tenant use.