Last week, Ameresco announced that it had entered into an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with the Defense Logistics Energy Agency on behalf of the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton in New York City. One of the energy saving upgrades will be the installation of 1.16 MW of solar. The arrays will be installed on rooftops and carports around the base.
The ESPC begins with an energy audit. Once the audit is complete, the site receives a list of recommended improvements that are essentially budget neutral. Over a period of 20 years or less, the improvements will pay for themselves through the cost savings they generate. The facility then decides which improvements to implement, with no up-front costs.
The contract at Fort Hamilton includes more than solar upgrades. Ameresco will provide 9 energy efficiency upgrades at the base. The measures include improvements in heating and HVAC efficiency, water conservation, switching to LED lighting and replacing windows. Combined, the conservation measures are expected to reduce energy consumption at the base by 37 percent.
“Ameresco is proud to serve this active-duty military base in New York City by providing holistic energy upgrades that will enhance their day-to-day operations and provide for renewable energy,” said Nicole A. Bulgarino, Senior Vice President, Federal Solutions, Ameresco. “Through this project, Fort Hamilton will help support the Army’s energy efficiency and renewable energy goals from this historic and important garrison located in Brooklyn.”