The Department of Energy has recognized Hill Air Force Base for the installation's ongoing energy savings effort that began in 2018. The base received DOE's 2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Award that honors efforts of significance in energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy use, the U.S. Air Force said Sunday.
Hill AFB pursues energy savings efforts under a $91.1M 23-year contract with Energy Solutions Group that provides infrastructure updates across 328 buildings. The efforts are also intended to reduce the number of external energy sources that USAF relies on for missions.
Energy Solutions Group has helped the Hill AFB install new LED lighting and update steam distribution systems, control systems and ventilation at the base. Hill AFB also features a 3.55-megawatt solar array that contributes renewed energy to the base's electric grid.
USAF expects these efforts to reduce the base's annual energy consumption by 9 percent and energy costs by 13 percent. The service branch also hopes for Hill's distributed and renewable energy portfolio to rise by 30 percent.
“There are Department of Defense directives that guide us to reduce our energy consumption, so this will go a long way to us actually meeting those requirements,” said Nick King, energy and utility manager at Hill AFB.