Ameresco To Build 2.5 MW Solar System At U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Ameresco has announced the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) has entered into a contract with Ameresco to build a 2.47
megawatt solar energy system at the El Paso Intelligence Center located on Fort
Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The Energy Saving Performance Contract (ESPC) was awarded
to Ameresco under the ESPC ENABLE program.
“Ameresco applauds the partnership of the El Paso
Intelligence Center and the DEA in contracting this onsite solar asset," said
Nicole A. Bulgarino, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Federal
Solutions, Ameresco. “Together, we have successfully executed an innovative
project delivery model to construct this solar PV system."
The ESPC ENABLE program offers a streamlined process for
small federal agency projects to leverage third-party financed energy
technologies in six months or less. The contract with Ameresco is also uniquely
structured to capture the financial benefits of the solar investment tax credit
through an energy sales agreement within the traditional ESPC. Ameresco will
finance, build, own and operate the solar system for a period of 20 years under
The 2.47 megawatt system will be comprised of two ground-mount
solar PV systems on the site of the El Paso Intelligence Center. The site will
benefit from reduced electricity costs, long-term electric pricing stability,
and reduced carbon emissions of more than 3,400 metric tons annually. Overall,
the ESPC is expected to achieve more than $9.2 million in energy cost savings.
Ameresco will also convert more than 1,400 interior and
exterior lighting fixtures to high-efficiency LEDs. The longer life LEDs will
reduce maintenance and replacement costs while providing high-quality
illumination and individual office dimming control.
The project will be DEA's first renewable energy system and
first ESPC that will advance agency expertise in renewable energy system
installation and integration that can be used by other government facilities.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has
provided technical support for project development, including grant funding
through the Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies
Ameresco was competitively selected by DEA in February of
2017 to develop the project and was awarded the contract in September of this
same year. The project is currently in construction and is expected to be
operational by fall of 2018. The building will remain fully-occupied during
construction and with regular operations.