About Us


Since 1997 we have pursued excellence and application of our mission statement:

To deliver the best solutions and education for energy production and use in the most cost-efficient manner, while never compromising quality workmanship or materials.

We are your full turnkey solution. We will 

  • identify the best applications to reduce your monthly energy costs
  • assist in obtaining any available cash incentives, rebates, grants and tax certifications (including 2005 EPAct Tax Deduction)
  • implement those solutions
  • assist you in securing performance contract financing that financially guarantees the energy savings


5 Star Energy has a broad view of the complex energy market and a full complement of integrated resources to deliver focused solutions, creating value for our business partners.

We build trust by guaranteeing our results. Since 1997, our client list has included:    


§  Industrial and commercial facilities - manufacturing, warehouses, distribution centers, and retail

§  Schools and school districts

§  Federal facilities throughout the country

§  Municipal facilities - police/fire stations, village/city halls, libraries, and park districts

§  Not for profit facilities - nursing homes, daycare centers, and YMCA’s

5 Star Energy also partners with Energy Performance Contractors, General Contractors, and Mechanical Contractors to provide our clients with the best total solution tailored to their individual facilities needs.

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Personal Bio


James R. Murray, JR.


Current Expertise


Senior executive with 25 years of experience in business operations, engineering, project management, and business development focused on energy markets and technologies (both supply side and demand side), energy efficiency and practical energy management. Clients include industrial and commercial entities, governmental units, energy consulting companies, energy services providers, hospitals, and schools. Uniquely qualified and seasoned energy services professional providing:


·         Knowledge of the energy markets and power generation technologies

·         Ability to assess energy usage and develop energy efficient alternatives and programs

·         Experience managing industrial processes, power plants, waste water treatment plants

·         Ability to mentor and guide junior staff regarding business development and project management

·         Brings a project developer’s approach to energy management, creates value

·         Capable of envisioning, designing, contracting and executing complex energy saving projects:

ü  Cogeneration (CHP) generation projects; gas & diesel engines, gas and steam turbines

ü  Boilers and steam systems, steam distribution, economizers and low-NOx burners

ü  Chillers and CW systems, cooling towers, DX systems, HVAC, AHUs, controls, EMCS

ü  Compressed air systems, dryers, controls, distribution, storage and end-use efficiency

ü  Lighting systems, controls, VSDs, motor controls, power factor correction

ü  Sub-metering and telemetry, power monitoring, web-based energy management

ü  Renewable energy projects; solar, wind, biomass, biogas and landfill gas


Formal Education


BSME.  University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, 1981.  Energy Systems Concentration - courses of study included Combustion Engineering, Heat Transfer, Nuclear Engineering, Alternative (renewable) Energy Systems, Thermodynamics, Thermal Stress Analysis.


MBA.  Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 1986.  Courses of study included Financial Markets & Institutions and Labor Relations.


Professional Engineer Licenses and Professional Certifications:

Mechanical Engineering - State of Wisconsin #35721-006, 2002 to present

State of Illinois #062-057049, 2003 to present

NCEES Record #23695, 2003 to present

Certified Energy Manager #11154, 2005 to present


Advanced Training & Professional Organizations:

GE Aircraft Engines Manufacturing Levels I & II Materials and Processes Curriculum, 1987 - 1988

Gas Turbine Engineering – Boyce Consultancy, 2002

PowerGen Conference, Annual – attendance since 1993

Midwest Cogeneration Association – affiliated since 1997

American Society of Mechanical Engineers – President, student chapter, 1980-1981

Association of Energy Engineers – member since 2005



5 Star Energy Services          (815) 356-7327 - Phone          (815) 356-7517 - Fax           Jim.Murray@5StarEnergyServices.net