Ameresco to upgrade Cannon Air Force Base with solar PV system, smart controls


Ameresco, Inc. announced its partnership with Cannon Air Force Base and DLA Energy for a $19 million ESPC project featuring 1.9 MW of solar generation capacity, smart controls, and other conservation technologies. Utilizing the Department of Energy’s ESPC vehicle, the project will enhance Cannon’s mission capabilities and address its energy and sustainability goals. The project was designed by Ameresco and will provide tangible facility improvements and enable recurring reductions in utility costs, while converting 4% of Cannon’s electric energy usage to onsite renewable resources.

Planned improvements for the Air Force base include upgrades to existing transformers, direct digital controls, and HVAC equipment, as well as a 1.9MW ground mount solar PV array and LED lighting retrofits to enhance Air Commando Mission night training. As a result of these upgrades, Cannon Air Force Base will save approximately $1.1 million in the first year alone and $33 million over the course of the performance period.

“We are so honored to work with Cannon Air Force Base on this project to enhance the base’s operational efficiency and provide on-site energy generation,” said Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president and general manager of Federal Solutions at Ameresco. “Throughout our planning process, we focused on Cannon’s key project objectives to reduce energy consumption and enhance the base’s resiliency while advancing the specialized airpower and combat support mission of this essential Air Force installation.”

Construction on the project is set to begin in Q3 2021 and reach completion by Q1 2023.

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