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FAA Awards $9m Energy Upgrade Contract to Noresco

Energy services provider Noresco has secured an almost $9 million Energy Department Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to install a 1 MW PV solar system and other energy efficiency upgrades at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Northern California Terminal Radar Approach Control facility.

According to the Energy Department, the efficiency measures will save the facility at least $334,000 on energy and water costs in the first year and $9 million over the life of the 20-year contract. The department also says it will leverage almost $1.9 million in private sector investments.

The project includes a power purchase agreement to help finance an onsite PV system that will provide up to 50 percent of electricity at the Mather, California facility, while creating covered parking for employees. The project also includes lighting upgrades, water conservation upgrades and an energy management control system.

All of these measures will save the facility 7.7 billion Btu per year, the Energy Department says. In addition, the department expects the project to reduce the site’s carbon dioxide emissions by about 46 percent and its water use by 40 percent.

In December 2011, President Obama announced almost $4 billion in public and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next two years, including a commitment by the federal government to spend at least $2 billion on energy upgrades to its buildings. In a memorandum, Obama called for the government to fully implement its authority to use ESPCs, which allow new energy efficiency equipment to be installed at no up-front cost to the building owner.

The White House said the investments will save billions in energy costs, promote energy independence and create tens of thousands of jobs in the construction sector.

Last year, Noresco secured a $33.9 million guaranteed energy savings agreement with the Massachusetts’ Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance for work at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The carbon reduction of the total project is estimated at more than 20 percent of the utility-related footprint.

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