Three energy saving contracts worth $61 million have been awarded to Siemens Government Technologies and Johnson Controls Inc. by the U.S. Army. All three projects will save the Army 267 BTU’s (British Thermal Units) yearly and over time provide the capacity to generate 8.2 megawatts of energy.
Last December the Army awarded Siemens Gov. Technologies The White Sands Missile Range Project worth $16.8 million and has 4.44 capacity megawatts of photovoltaic technology installed. Ten percent of the installation’s energy will be provided by this project and the annual savings will be $930,00. When finished this will be the Army’s largest renewable energy project, a title held now by the 2 megawatt solar capacity project at Fort Carson Colorado.
The Army awarded Johnson Controls Inc a $16 million for the Fort Bliss, Texas project that is projected to save $42 million in energy costs over a 25 year period. The agreement will allow the Army to purchase 5,500 solar panels without having to own and maintain them. This project is expected to generate 2.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
Included in that project is technology that will continuously monitor, control and manage the energy consumption of 120 buildings.
Johnson Controls Inc will benefit to the tune of $34 million with another Army project based in Puerto Rico – Fort Buchanan. In addition to Fort Buchanan the Army will also solar up 11 Army Reserve Centers on the island. Over time this 16 year contract will provide The Army with a savings of $65 million dollars.
These projects will help the Army meets it’s energy saving goal of producing 25% of it’s electricity using renewable energy sources by 2025.
The Army has an agreement with these tech companies called an Energy Savings Performance Contract which lasts 25 years. This agreement allows the Army to be hands off regarding the operation and maintenance of the equipment and the companies benefit by recouping their investment through an agreed-upon percentage of the guaranteed cost savings.
More at the U.S. Army homepage.
Photo Credit: U.S. Army, Fort Carson, CO
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