Why Summer is a Good Time to Get Going on GESA Projects

As we close out the 2021-2022 school year, you’re likely already planning ahead to the 2022-2023 school year (and beyond!).

So, if you think the GESA (Guaranteed Energy Savings Act) Performance Contracting process may be right for your school district, then figure on at least 7 months and as many as 20 months from initial assessment to construction completion.

And, summer is the perfect time to get started on the process, because the initial assessment involves comprehensive facility walk-throughs, which can disrupt classroom time, as well as common areas including the cafeteria, auditorium, and gymnasium, and even the exterior of the building such as stadiums and tennis courts.

Here’s what a typical timeframe and process would look like:

Initial Assessment: 1 – 2 months
  • Identify Goals
  • Data Collection & Survey
  • Collaborative Workshop
  • Preliminary Report
  • Results Presentation
Partner Selection: 2 -3 months
  • Grant & Rebate Applications
  • Final Report & Presentation
  • Final Selection of Projects
  • Execute Agreement
Final Project Design: 1 – 3 months
  • Final Engineering
  • Permit Submission
  • Final Design Review by Customer
  • Procure Equipment
Construction: 3 – 12 months
  • Installation Coordination
  • System Commissioning
  • Customer Training
  • Measurement & Verification

The summer months are a perfect time for initial facility assessments.

And, with longer equipment lead times, you should plan on getting to Final Project Design by December 2022 to ensure construction in the Summer 2023 timeframe.


Reach out to CM3 to get the ball rolling on your next GESA project.