US Army embarks on $150 million energy efficiency project

July 2, 2018

The US Army has entered into an Energy Savings Performance Contract with Energy Solutions and Security to implement energy efficiency retrofits in military houses at Island Palm Communities (IPC) in Hawaii.

Energy Solutions and Security is a joint venture of energy infrastructure firm Ameresco and property group Lendlease.

Some 5,800 privatised military homes will be modernised through energy efficiency and solar energy system installations under the $150 million project.

The houses will receive:

  • Highly-efficient HVAC systems to improve resident comfort and reduce mechanical outages
  • Standard HVAC systems to lower operational and maintenance costs
  • Housing envelope improvements
  • Weatherisation sealing
  • Attic insulation
  • Domestic water conservation technologies and equipment
  • Residential and street lighting improvements via LED lighting systems
  • 6.1MW rooftop solar PV energy systems which will reduce IPC’s ‘net effective portfoliio electric rate’ and carbon footprint by increasing the proporation of renewable energy used vs grid supplied energy.

Construction will begin in September 2018 and is expected to be completed by August 2021.

The contract is the army’s largest residential privatisation project and falls under the federal agency’s strategic energy priorities to enhance energy security, reliability and resiliency.

Craig Carson, general manager, Lendlease Energy Development, said: “The project is designed to reduce energy consumption at Island Palm Communities by one-third and is the first step in a coordinated, multiphase strategy to provide net zero energy solutions to the residential community.”