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Energy project powers Hill AFB resiliency

The Air Force completed construction of a $42 million project recently that will improve energy efficiency and resiliency at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Bobby Southerland, front right, and Jon Wall install electrical wiring clips onto a solar array being installed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 14, 2020. The array increases the amount of renewable solar energy on base and provide an additional asset that will be incorporated into microgrid planning. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

The Air Force completed construction of a $42 million project recently that will improve energy efficiency and resiliency at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

A crew of electricians assemble a conduit line for a solar array being installed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 14, 2018. The array increases the amount of renewable solar energy on base and provide an additional asset that will be incorporated into microgrid planning. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) -- The Air Force completed the construction of a $42 million project recently that will improve energy efficiency and resiliency at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

“The Hill AFB project, part of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Energy Savings Performance Contract program, upgraded infrastructure and energy systems at the base. The project generates an energy savings of 56 million kilowatts hours per year, which covers the cost of the ESPC improvements,” said Mike Ringenberg, ESPC program manager.

“The completion of construction of the ESPC project at Hill AFB continues the Air Force’s pursuit of resiliency and conservation, along with deployment of cost-effective green energy,” said Abhiit Duttagupta, AFCEC Energy Directorate project manager.

AFCEC, in collaboration with the Defense Logistics Agency–Energy, awarded the contract to Energy Systems Group, the energy service company, in April 2018, for upgrades to 258 buildings, totaling six million square feet by incorporating seven energy conservation measure upgrades. The scope of the project included the construction of a solar array and other project upgrades that will reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs at the installation, while increasing resiliency, efficiency and reliability for warfighters.

The addition of the 3.55-megawatt solar array to an existing 250 kilowatt fixed ground mount system increases the annual energy savings by 5.7 million kilowatt-hours. The project upgraded roughly 60,000 light fixtures to LEDs, improved the Air Logistics Complex industrial process by completely renovating compressed air systems, upgraded industrial air systems for six bay painting hangars and installed dip tank covers on 24 tanks, which are used for prepping aircraft components.

“The ESPC program gives the Air Force an important tool to make smart energy decisions, optimize energy using 21st century technologies and support mission assurance through energy assurance,” said Dan Soto, AFCEC energy director.

Air Force readiness requires resilient energy to meet critical mission needs and support the Warfighter. To date, AFCEC Energy has collaborated with contracting groups to develop and award $1,175 million in energy savings contracts. Installations interested in pursuing energy projects can contact AFCEC through the Reachback Center at (888) 232-3721 or AFCEC.RBC@us.af.mil.

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