Hurlburt Field in Destin, Florida, will have its energy infrastructure upgraded. The project, coordinated by Schneider Electric, will improve infrastructure at the facility, which is home to the US Air Force’s Special Operations Command, to serve essential power supply and grid stability demands. The project will lower Hurlburt Field’s energy expenses by 17.7% thanks to a $22.6 million Energy Savings Performance Deal (ESPC) with Schneider Electric, saving the US Defense Department $1.5 million per year over the course of the 22-year contract (DoD).
In the face of a worsening climate crisis, federal agencies have unique issues balancing the requirement for energy reliability, independence, and mission readiness 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Schneider Electric collaborates with federal agencies through ESPCs to identify innovative methods to address those difficulties through enhancing smart infrastructure.
ESPCs are financial instruments that assist publicly financed organisations in making capital improvements with long-term benefits such as enhanced facility efficiency, a more comfortable atmosphere, and financial management over longer payback periods. The Hurlburt Field project uses renewable energy to support the Air Force’s Energy Vision to Enhance Mission Assurance Through Energy Assurance strategy, which is part of the Department of Defense’s broader mission-critical resilience strategy.
240kW of canopy solar PV and a 265kWh battery energy storage system with microgrid controls have been installed throughout Hurlburt Field’s more than 300 buildings to assure reliable HVAC operations while boosting operational resilience. LED lighting across the base; transformer, HVAC, and duct sealing upgrades; improved energy management control systems; and upgrading old controllers and software to ensure compliance with USAF cybersecurity regulations are among the other enhancements. The findings will improve airmen’s living conditions while reducing the strain on the maintenance squadron and allowing the maintenance squadron to focus on other mission-critical tasks.