Ameresco to Build 2.5 Megawatt Solar System at U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration El Paso Intelligence Center
The renewable energy and energy efficiency project also includes interior and exterior LED lighting upgrades
“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 contract.
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
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
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.
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