News>Holloman energy and water conservation projects hit the ground
Contractors install the receiving antennae for an automated gas and electric meter reading system at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The Air Force is currently funding more than $5 million in energy conservation projects at Holloman AFB. (Courtesy photo)
8/18/2010 - HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) -- Officials here are making progress toward reducing energy consumption, which currently costs the base $18,000 per day.
The Air Force is funding more than $5 million in energy conservation projects at Holloman AFB. The projects include upgrading the lighting in hangars and high-bay facilities, converting office lighting to more efficient fixtures, installing occupancy sensors for lighting and installing meters on all buildings that are more than 35,000 square feet.
The ongoing project will save the base more than $1 million in energy costs per year. This doesn't include the $4 million worth of projects in the planning stages.
Holloman AFB officials are also working on converting to renewable energy. They are studying the possible installation of a large 20MW photovoltaic plant and designing a solar photovoltaic parking cover for one of the parking areas.
In the water conservation area, a $750,000 water reclamation project to reuse water for the golf course is currently under construction.