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February 03, 2016

Energy Department Invests in Clean Energy at Federal Facilities

The Energy Department announced on January 27 that four projects will receive $2.85 million to deploy renewable energy technologies at facilities throughout the federal government.

The Energy Department's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) works to bring clean and energy efficient projects to federal facilities. The Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies selections are aimed at increasing photovoltaic (PV) and biomass generation. Cost shared with industry, the total investment is nearly $75 million.

Projects funded under the FEMP program are:

  • The State Department will bundle together solar photovoltaic projects at 10 overseas U.S. diplomatic posts into its first multi-site energy savings performance contract (ESPC). The projects range from 200 kilowatts to eight megawatts, totaling 11.9 megawatts. The proposed project will more than double the use of renewables.

  • The U.S. Forest Service will have a 0.76-megawatt project to deploy roof, ground, and carport-mounted solar panels, ranging from 6 to 100 kilowatts at 11 installation sites across Oregon and Washington. The project will provide 100% of the electricity needs for four sites and more than 50% of the electricity needs at the remaining seven locations.

  • The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in El Paso, Texas, will have a 0.79-megawatt PV installation that combines a ground and carport system at the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), providing 30% of EPIC's energy use using the ENABLE ESPC contract, which offers a standardized, streamlined process for small federal facilities to install targeted energy conservation measures in six months or less. The project will be the DEA's first renewable energy system and the first ESPC that will advance agency expertise in renewable energy system installation and integration that can be used by other DEA facilities.

  • The U.S. Marine Corps Installation Command in Albany, Georgia, will install a ten-megawatt biomass steam turbine generator will reduce annual electricity consumption by approximately 4,600 megawatt-hours annually. The model project demonstrates how military installations can work toward federal energy goals and mandates, while achieving a net-zero status and addressing energy security challenges.

See the Energy Department news release and the FEMP website.