Words from Our Clients


“Enlightened was selected by NBHA to provide us with advice, technical assistance and oversight for our new energy performance contract. Their unparalleled experience, knowledge of HUD regs, team-oriented approach and their ability to think outside the box has been instrumental in ensuring that our EPC will be successful. I would recommend them to any PHA needing solid, professional energy advice and assistance.”
Cynthia Spence, Modernization Director, New Bedford Housing Authority


“The Knoxville Community Development Corporation (KCDC) has worked with the staff at Enlightened Energy Consultants in various capacities for many years. Most recently Enlightened performed a third-party review of our Energy Performance Contract as required by HUD in their contract approval. None could be more knowledgeable of energy conservation possibilities, regulation requirements, and the issues facing housing authorities today. Enlightened continues to always give us more for our dollar and exceed the scope of work requested.”
Joyce Floyd, Past Strategic Planning and Special Projects Director, Knoxville Community Development Corporation


“We have used Enlightened Enterprises for the initial evaluation and selection of our ESCO back in 2009 when we entered into our energy performance contract. Since then, we have used them to review the annual measurement and verification report and their knowledge is unsurpassed. Employees, like Dick Santangelo, who used to work at HUD are familiar with the regulations from the HUD side and always know who to contact to get correct information and issues resolved. I would highly recommend Enlightened Enterprises.”
Curt Kichline, Director of Capital Improvements, Bethlehem Housing Authority


“Over the past decade, Enlightened has been a valued partner to Clean Energy Solutions.  Mike Nail and Dick Santangelo bring deep knowledge of the public housing and municipal markets, and experience that cannot be matched in crafting financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewables improvements to buildings.  Rare in this field, Enlightened also knows intimately the rules and regulations that govern energy performance contracting, utility allowances, rate incentives, and other metrics that can make or break energy-related retrofits.  They listen intently to their customers, and go the extra mile to facilitate their realization of capital-related goals.  I look forward to working with them closely for years to come.”
Steve Morgan, PhD,  President Clean Energy Solutions


“Enlightened Energy Team Member’s professional knowledge, experience and advice have been vital to the Malden Housing Authority (MHA) undertaking and succeeding with our critically important $11.3 million HUD-approved Energy Performance Contract. There is no way MHA would have taken on such a legacy project without Enlightened Energy’s hard work and persistence in representing and negotiating MHA’s best interests with our very sophisticated and well connected Energy Services Company (ESCo) partner, Siemens. MHA could not have had stronger or more effective advocates working for us and on behalf of our nearly 1,200 public housing families. I look forward to working with Enlightened Energy in planning for and managing MHA’s energy needs in the most economical yet responsible manner possible for many years to come.”
Steve Finn, Executive Director, Malden (MA) Housing Authority


“When the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (Norfolk, VA) decided to pursue an Energy Performance Contract with HUD, our first step was to procure an owner’s representative or EPC Consultant to guide us through the numerous steps of issuing an RFP to hire an ESCO, working with the ESCO to ultimately gain approval for an EPC from HUD, and then guiding us through the first year of the EPC up to and including the first year’s reporting requirements. Our reviewing committee declared Enlightened Energy to be head and shoulders above any of the other applicants to the point that no second-round interviews were required and Enlightened Energy was hired. The collective experience that Enlightened Energy brought to the table made every step of the process successful for NRHA, including several unique issues that we had to work out with HUD. Two NRHA employees also attended the EPC training conducted by Dave Anderson and Dave Birr in Chicago and came away well-equipped to navigate the complicated rules and regulations of the EPC program. Enlightened Energy did everything they promised and they delivered in a timely manner. They also brought with them those intangible qualities based on experience that are just impossible to write into an RFP.”
David Heim, Capital Fund Director, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority


“I have worked with Enlightened Energy for years and they are the most experienced in both practice and theory. They know federal regulations and requirements as well or better than anyone and have the ability to assist their clients in solving energy problems and saving money. ”
Tom Harkless, Past Executive Director, Fayette County (PA) Housing Authority


“I have known Michael Nail and many of his Enlightened Energy Team for over 20 years. They are people I respect, have great integrity and are committed to bringing the best energy-saving solutions to our Industry.”
Dorothy Carty-Daniel, Chairperson, Perth Amboy (NJ) Housing Authority


“We hired Enlightened Energy Consultants (EEC) to work on behalf of our owner interests, knowing the Energy Performance Contracting field to be complex and technical. In hindsight, we are very happy to have done so. EEC expertly and efficiently guided us through procurement of an Energy Performance Contractor, and provided detailed review and counsel on the Investment Grade Energy Audit produced. EEC helped us work through many nuanced options in moving forward, something that could only be accomplished with the integration of energy conservation expertise and Housing Authority and HUD knowledge and experience, which EEC has in abundance. We recommend EEC to anyone considering an energy improvement initiative.”
Ed Mayer, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the County of Butte (CA)


Since 2004, we have helped over 75 housing authority clients with a broad range of energy savings services, in locations all around the United States including:

  • Annapolis, MD
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Bethlehem, PA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Boston, MA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Chester County, PA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbia, MO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Elkton, MD
  • Fayette County, PA
  • Flint, MI
  • Ft. Worth, TX
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Houston, TX
  • Knoxville, KY
  • Lynn, MA
  • Malden, MA
  • Newport, RI
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Providence, RI
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Toledo, OH
  • Yolo, Butte and Sutter Counties (CA)
  • Yonkers, NY