Air Force Awards First DOD Contract under ESPC Program for Small Projects

first_imgThe Air Force recently awarded an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to upgrade exterior lighting at Laughlin AFB, Texas, under an Energy Department program intended for small-scale energy conservation measures that can be installed in six months or less.The contract represents the first awarded by a DOD activity under the ESPC ENABLE program, reported Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs.“ESPC ENABLE was designed to help agencies that may have smaller buildings; facilities that are sometimes left out of the normal performance contracts,” said Kurmit Rockwell, ESPC manager at the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program.“On bases with many buildings, some of the smaller facilities are included in larger, traditional ESPCs. The problem is, if you just have a building over here or over there, or don’t want to assess an entire base, it is not cost effective to do a normal ESPC,” Rockwell said.The Laughlin project includes replacing about 1,400 existing exterior high pressure sodium, metal halide and compact fluorescent wall-pack lighting fixtures with high-efficiency light emitting diode models, as well as all associated lighting controls.The new LED fixtures are projected to reduce Laughlin’s annual energy usage by 863,000 kilowatt hours, saving the Air Force an estimated $81,000 per year. Based on those savings, the $910,000 project has a 12-year payback period. The controls will include automatic sunrise and sunset programming based on local longitude and latitude, accurate to-the-minute scheduling and battery backup, according to the story.“We’re very excited about this opportunity,” said Les Martin, ESPC program manager for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs.“Projects like this one provide substantial installation-level savings with a relatively quick project turnaround. We look forward to many more … and, being the first ESPC ENABLE in the DOD is icing on the cake,” Martin said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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