The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced plans to upgrade infrastructure at 21 facilities across the United States, a move that is expected to help reduce energy use by more than 6 million kWhs per year.
The project, led by Honeywell, will focus not only on upgrading infrastructure, but also on improving the efficiency of industrial processes at FAA Air Traffic Control facilities. The work includes:
- Installing solar panel arrays to help power FAA facilities
- Installing energy-efficient LED lighting
- Upgrading building automation systems for improved HVAC control
Funding for the project will come from a combination of an Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies grant from the Department of Energy and a 23-year, $10.8 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC). The ESPC will enable the FAA to fund the upgrades using annual energy and operational savings guaranteed by Honeywell, eliminating the need for upfront capital investment.
“Aging infrastructure can be crippling to an organization’s annual budget and hinder its ability to meet organizational goals,” said John Rajchert, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “Our work with the FAA is a prime example of how energy savings performance contracts are a valuable tool to help customers address critical building needs without further hindering capital budgets. That’s a winning solution.”
The projected is slated to be completed by the summer of 2018.
The FAA is currently using a carport solar system to provide electricity at the Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility in Miramar, CA. And late last year, Honeywell announced its partnership with Oklahoma Gas & Electric to begin a facility modernization project at Tinker Air Force Base, a project that is expected reduce Air Force energy consumption by 25% by 2025.