The Investor Confidence Project Launches Quality Assurance System

The Investor Confidence Project Launches Quality Assurance System

The Investor Confidence Project (ICP) is pleased to announce the launch of the ICP Quality Assurance Provider Credential, ICP Quality Assurance Checklists, and the ICP Quality Assurance Specification. This is the final major component of the Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ certification system which is poised to increase investor confidence.

The energy efficiency industry has always been hampered by the inability for investors, especially the building owner, to be able to “bank” on predicted project returns that have been verified for authenticity by independent parties.  Currently, the calculation of potential savings are controlled by the developers and due diligence activities to verify them by third parties are typically skipped due to the time and cost required to re-engineer one-off projects with disparate engineering methodologies and documentation.  In the commercial sector, this issue has been one of several issues which have severely inhibited the realization of the vast potential for energy savings and associated financial gains.

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The Investor Confidence Project (ICP) has been laying the groundwork for a transformation of how the industry operates.  The first step was the development of the ICP protocols by industry leaders that provide a roadmap for developers to incorporate standardized engineering and documentation.  The next step was the introduction of a program to train and qualify Credentialed Project Developers with the experience and expertise necessary to develop quality ICP compliant projects.  Today, ICP announces the launch of its Credentialed Quality Assurance (QA) Provider program which facilitates the vital and neglected step of verification of project fundamentals by independent third parties.  The new program is the final piece of the ICP System which now allows projects that pass review to be certified as ICP Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™.  These projects bring investor and building owners a new level of confidence in the engineering principles, underlying assumptions and especially the predicted financial yields of projects.

Today this means that building owners and investors now more economically employ an industry developed a methodology to achieve consistent due diligence results when evaluating projects.  Perhaps more importantly, tomorrow this development will enable a combination of programs, software, and integrated engineering reviews to drastically reduce the time and costs associated with underwriting projects.  Instead of multiple iterations of time consuming manual engineering efforts – soon a click of a button will analyze the underlying engineering, calculations, and assumptions of projects against data-driven benchmarks and other criteria to flag areas that require additional scrutiny.  This automation of the technical review process will be further enhanced by integration with public programs, utilities, and investors ICP is already working with its Credentialed Software Providers, as well as key utility and regional programs, to bring this concept to reality.  The integration of automation, the ICP system, and engineering review will ultimately provide the scale to develop a verifiable asset class of Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ projects that will be key to enabling secondary markets and securitization for the energy efficiency sector.

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via NEW RELEASE: ICP Quality Assurance System – ICP.