Ameresco, Inc. a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, on behalf of the United States Army Garrison Fort Hamilton, has entered into an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Ameresco for solar photovoltaic, water conservation and energy efficiency upgrades. The contract, valued at $16.7 million, is designed to provide for facility-wide energy conservation measures, including 1.16 megawatts of new solar photovoltaic systems on carports and rooftops at the military base located in New York City.
“Ameresco is proud to serve this active-duty military base in New York City by providing holistic energy upgrades that will enhance their day-to-day operations and provide for renewable energy,” said Nicole A. Bulgarino, Senior Vice President, Federal Solutions, Ameresco. “Through this project, Fort Hamilton will help support the Army’s energy efficiency and renewable energy goals from this historic and important garrison located in Brooklyn.”
The budget-neutral ESPC will address 32 buildings spanning 580,000 gross square feet. Ameresco will implement nine energy conservation measures, including the installation of new high-efficiency natural gas condensing boilers for heating and associated equipment. The new boilers will replace the existing boiler systems that currently utilize fuel oil. In addition, Ameresco will install a 350 kilowatt rooftop solar system and three solar carports exceeding a combined 800 kilowatts.
The ESPC will also provide for comprehensive upgrades to air-handlers for cooling and ventilation, LED lighting upgrades, new high-efficiency transformers and the installation of a new open-protocol building automation system to control all HVAC equipment. Ameresco is also improving the building envelope of a historic building at the garrison constructed in 1857. The scope for this 47,000 foot building, known as the Community Club, includes installation of a double pane retro-fit system to the existing windows as well as heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) upgrades, advanced digital controls and high efficiency boiler improvements.
Combined, the energy conservation measures are designed to reduce the total energy consumption at Fort Hamilton by 37 percent. The project will also provide for water conservation, fixture upgrades and new controllers for the automated irrigation system for the base’s baseball field, which will schedule and optimize the field’s irrigation. Ameresco is also implementing a rainwater harvesting system that will collect rooftop rainwater that will then be utilized for the washing of garrison vehicles.
Ameresco will provide ongoing maintenance services to Fort Hamilton for the new solar systems and the building controls systems installed under the ESPC.
About The United States Army Garrison Fort Hamilton
The United States Army Garrison Fort Hamilton is a National Historic Landmark and has nearly 200 years of service and is the only active military base in the City of New York. The garrison is under the joint command of the Installation Management Command and the Military District of Washington. The garrison supports tenant organizations including Army Reserve and National Guard units, the New York Military Entrance Processing Station, the New York City Recruiting Battalion and the Army Corps of Engineers, North Atlantic Division. Fort Hamilton also provides housing for military families and essential services for more than 50,000 active, reserve and retired military personnel and their families.