NZI Net Zero Investment is the best answer as it prides itself on it total financial flexibility such as :

1. Small and Large scale financing from $7 million Up to $700+ million for a given client in a given year

2. Wrap multiple initiatives into a single program

3. Client receives 100% of net save starting immediately

4. Longer term contract results in lower monthly cost

5. Smooth cost and savings profiles

6. Cash up front

7. Pay for desirable non-energy add-ons 10. Low or no early payments

For example, typical ESCO offerings make the customer wait years to realize savings. Behavioural impacts on performance can lead to disputes. Limitations on funding favour smaller, one-off implementations.

On the other hand, self-performance requires hard-to-get capital approvals, specialized skills, diversion of management bandwidth, and distraction from “running the business.”   Our client, Graecrest Energy Solutions LLC was founded to fill this void with a unique solution: Net Zero Investment Program® (NZI).

Graecrest is a team of professionals who have known each other and worked together over many years, to the successful completion of projects and transactions valued at more than US$9 billion. Experience is vital and they have plenty. Net Zero Investment Program® is a turn-key solution for large energy projects.

Graecrest is an energy project developer and integrator. Graecrest brings management, program, and financial expertise together with institutional capital to create optimal solutions for its clients' energy efficiency goals, providing large-scale, fully funded energy conservation measures through its Net Zero Investment™ (NZI) program.

By means of an innovative contract structure and funding strategy, Graecrest enables the rapid deployment of projects up to $700 million, on a whole portfolio basis, without any up-front investment from the end user's perspective. Virtually any capital-intensive energy project is suitable for the NZI approach; examples include city-wide LED streetlight conversion, building lighting and controls systems, central plants, distributed storage, and large solar PV installations.

The NZI concept provides better economics than more familiar market offerings because it makes no claim on savings, so the end user reaps the full benefit immediately, and throughout the contract term..

The Graecrest Team



Russ Howell

Principal, Finance and Development

Throughout a career spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Howell has worked with the senior management teams of corporations, organizations, and governments, successfully completing structured finance transactions and projects valued at more than $5 billion.

He has expertise in strategic portfolio planning, project development, banking and finance, and transaction structuring and execution, and has advised many Fortune 500 and Global 1000 clients, including IBM, T-Mobile, Westfield Corp., TD Bank, Johnson Controls, Manpower, USAA, Agilent, Lucent Technologies, and others.

Mr. Howell received an MBA in finance from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University.

Bruce Graham

Principal, Projects and Development

Mr. Graham has over 30 years’ experience in construction, design, and project management. He previously served as President of Projects/Design and Construction Services (Americas) for Johnson Controls, Inc., where he was responsible for a project management business with annual turnover of over $1.4 billion USD.

Leading a staff of more than 450 professionals, Mr. Graham grew his division’s gross margin at an annual compound rate of 33%. In addition to construction, project, and program management, Mr. Graham has expertise in 24V DC micro grid power distribution, LED/Energy lamp conversions, disaster response planning, special projects, business operations planning and strategy, and variable resource programs.

He is a LEED A/P, having achieved Gold and Platinum project certifications, with expertise in sustainability and “NET ZERO” design. Mr. Graham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Administration from the University of Wisconsin.

He has served as Vice Chairman and Director of the EMerge Alliance, and is an active member of the United States Green Build Council, NeoCon, CoreNet Global, and the Urban Land Institute. He has been a frequent presenter, panelist, and moderator at industry events.

Camille Amidei

Principal, Operations

Ms. Amidei has more than 15 years’ experience all aspects of corporate services, bringing strong project management skills, clear, timely communication, rapid establishment of trust, and ability to break down complexity.

She previously served as Director of Strategic Consulting Services for Johnson Controls, where she provided a wide variety of services including transaction management, process design, contract management, financial analysis, real estate master planning, strategic portfolio planning, technology needs assessment, and new account implementations.

Ms. Amidei holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentration in real estate finance from the University of North Texas. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker and a LEED Green Associate.