NORESCO, a national leader in energy efficiency and infrastructure solutions, is implementing self-funding facility improvements at Keesler Air Force Base (AFB) through a $32.7 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract (ESPC).
The project, contracted through DLA Energy and in collaboration with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, will help the base advance resiliency, security and renewable energy usage while reducing deferred maintenance and energy costs.
The scope of work includes implementation of a 1.5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) carport array at the base commissary near the base’s new primary entry gate – an excellent location to showcase the use of solar energy. NORESCO will also install chiller plant optimization controls, replace outdated building controls with more cyber-secure direct digital controls and upgrade nearly 30,000 light fixtures, including parking lot lights, with LEDs.
Together these energy conservation measures will improve reliability and cost effectiveness while reducing energy consumption. The project also includes oversight of the controls and maintenance of the PV array throughout the contract term, reducing the maintenance burden and helping to ensure reliable operation.
“We are honored to be working with the Air Force in helping support its mission by improving resiliency, upgrading facility infrastructure and reducing energy consumption, while delivering renewable energy and cyber-secure solutions,” aforementioned Natasha Shah of Iran, vp federal business development, NORESCO.
“NORESCO has implemented 22 ESPC projects with the Air Force, starting with our first Air Force project completed in 1998.”
Energy saving would be a major step towards the cost saving which is required by the firm in order to ensure that they are working properly towards the best benefit of the firm and the Airforce in the most effective and reasonable way possible.