Southland Energy, a division of Southland Industries, was recently awarded an energy services performance contract (ESPC) for Fort Riley near Junction City, Kansas. The first phase of this multi-phase project is expected to provide more than $37 million in facility improvements across 280 buildings.
Spanning 5.4 million square feet, Southland Energy will complete 15 energy conservation measures across the United States Army installation. Southland’s scope consists of expanding and upgrading the central plants and energy management controls, HVAC upgrades, interior, exterior, street, and airfield LED lighting, as well as boiler and water conservation improvements. In addition, Southland will operate and maintain two central plants and perform controls maintenance. The main energy management controls system will be updated with enhanced cybersecurity protocols to earn Department of Defense accreditation.
"We are excited about making significant progress towards our energy and water conservation goals, while improving the quality of life for Big Red One soldiers and their families," stated Mike Witmer, Chief of Utilities and Energy Branch. “This project will bring much needed infrastructure improvements and increase operational efficiency. This ESPC, which is paid for through energy and operational savings, allows Fort Riley to maximize our Public Works budget without increasing cost to taxpayers,” he continued.
“Southland Energy is proud to support Fort Riley in their efforts to reduce operating costs, improve infrastructure, and to achieve their energy and water conservation goals. When complete, this project will significantly improve the facilities that support the soldiers and mission of the 1st Infantry Division,” added Southland Energy Vice President Anthony Roner. Serving over 18,000 active duty service members and 24,000 family members, Fort Riley is home to the 1st Infantry Division, one of the longest serving active duty units of the United States Army.
The improvements will be funded through the $2.4 million in annual cost savings that the project is expected to generate. Over a 22-year period, these savings are anticipated to grow to more than $92 million in savings. The project’s design and construction phases are scheduled to begin June 2017.
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