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Energy Services Agreement for business


An Energy Services Agreement (ESA) is where an energy service company (ESCO) project manages the installation of energy-efficient equipment for a business. In some cases, they can guarantee savings from the equipment.

The business pays monthly instalments to the ESCO or a bank, to pay off the equipment over the agreement period.

How it works:

  • Find an ESCO.
  • The ESCO gets funding from a bank or financier, who pays for your energy efficiency upgrade.
  • You make monthly payments to the ESCO or the financier.
  • If you don’t get the savings you were expecting, the energy company will pay the shortfall.
  • At the end of the agreement, you’ll own the equipment.

Always seek advice from your accountant.


An ESA is suitable for businesses that:

  • have high energy-related costs
  • own or have a long-term tenancy of their site
  • are considering numerous energy-saving projects
  • want to outsource the design, implementation and verification of the energy savings.


Read more about ESAs on the Sustainability Victoria website or contact an ESCO.