Keesler AFB implements improvements through ESPC - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, Solar  -  May 10, 2019

Keesler AFB implements improvements through ESPC

Keesler Air Force Base (AFB), located in Biloxi, Miss., is implementing self-funding facility improvements 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.

A statement from NORESCO, the solutions provider responsible for implementing the program, noted the scope of the work, which includes implementation of a 1.5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) carport array at the base commissary near the base's new primary entry gate, which will showcase the use of solar energy. Other improvements include the installation of chiller plant optimization controls, replacement of outdated building controls with more cyber-secure direct digital controls and the upgrade of nearly 30,000 light fixtures, including parking lot lights, with LEDs. 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," said Natasha Shah, vice president federal business development, NORESCO. "NORESCO has implemented 22 ESPC projects with the Air Force, starting with our first Air Force project completed in 1998."


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