The US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to be carried out and maintained by Energy Systems Group at the US Air Force’s (USAF) Hill Air Force Base (AFB), Utah, US.

The $42m contract is the first ESPC contract awarded by the airforce this year.

Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) Energy Directorate Programme Development Division chief Les Martin said: “This joint (civil engineer) and (Air Logistics Complex) project was a team effort among Hill (AFB), Ogden Air Logistics Complex, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, DLA and Headquarters Air Force Material Command.

“This project will modernise 255 buildings totalling more than nine million square feet, increasing energy resiliency, efficiency, and reliability with particular emphasis on industrial infrastructure process improvements.”

An ESPC project is designed under the partnership between federal agencies and energy service companies that offers energy savings, resiliency and facility improvements to government agencies.

“The current USAF project will help reduce power consumption at Hill AFB by more than 217 billion British thermal units every year.”

The current USAF project will help reduce power consumption at Hill AFB by more than 217 billion British thermal units every year.

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This will enable the AFB to save approximately $3.2m every year. The amount saved will be used to pay for the ESPC’s total cost over the 22-year period of the contract.

As part of the project, a wide range of energy conservation measures will be adopted and implemented in order to enable the USAF base to add energy resiliency and offset conventional energy sources with the generation of renewable green energy.

Hill AFB will also see the installation of LED lighting and controls on 162 buildings that would help save energy while improving lighting conditions.

A 3.55MW solar array that feeds directly to the base grid will be added to the renewable energy production capability of the base, and other modifications will be carried out to the Hill AFB’s steam distribution system, compressed air system, as well as several other ventilation and control systems.