Del. Sustainable Energy Utility announces successful $19.1 million bond sale

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The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) announced the issuance and sale of tax-exempt Energy Efficiency Revenue Bonds, which will fund $19.1 million for Energy Saving Performance Contracts for the Indian River and Colonial School Districts, and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.

The sale of bonds was seen by DESEU Chairman Harris McDowell III, as a way to fund needed energy efficiency programs.

The bond sale results affirmed the i AA+ credit ratings that DESEU Bonds maintain from Standard and Poor’s.

DESEU Executive Director Tony DePrima stated, “This year’s bond sale comes at an opportune time as long term interest rates are favorable, allowing the DESEU to fulfill our mission of offering affordable energy efficiency initiatives.”

DESEU was originally seeking $18.65 million and had $57 million in orders allowing for the fulfillment of the obligation with the best proposed pricing, a release stated. The interest rate was 3.22 percent for the sale.

The proceeds from the sale of the EERB’s will mainly be used to finance or refinance the cost of the design, construction, and installation of energy conservation measures (ECM), as well as, to fund capitalized interest on the bonds, and to pay a portion of the costs of issuing the bonds. Overall, there are $33.4 million in guaranteed energy savings, with $3.7 million in net energy savings for the three recipients.

Among dozens of planned projects that will be addressed, some of the more typical include: retrofitting interior and exterior lighting with LED systems; upgrading domestic water fixtures with low flow flush kits and fixtures; installing new high efficiency transformers; the addition of attic insulation, door weather stripping, and roof sealing for improved thermal and humidity control; and converting boiler heating systems from oil to duel natural gas/oil operations.

The bond sales will support projects for these agencies:

  • Indian River School District ($7.31 million) – 7 Elementary Schools, 3 Middle Schools, 2 High Schools, 2 Specialty Schools
  • Colonial School District ($7.37 million) – 8 Elementary Schools, 3 Middle Schools, 1 High School, 3 Specialty Schools
  • Delaware Department of Health and Social Services ($3.96 million) – 6 State Service Centers, 4 Campus sites

In 2011 the DESEU raised over $72 million in their first bond sale. The agencies supported in 2011 were Delaware State University, Delaware Technical and Community College, Delaware Office of Management and Budget, Delaware Department of Correction, and the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families.

Further information is available at www.EnergizeDelaware.com.

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