One of the largest military bases in the United States will soon be more energy efficient thanks to infrastructure upgrades.
Honeywell and the U.S. Air Force recently launched a $243 million facility modernization project at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. With a focus on upgrading infrastructure and industrial processes at the base’s production facilities, the project will reduce energy consumption by 23 percent and save the base $20.5 million in energy and operational costs each year.
The upgrades will be funded through the largest energy savings performance contract (ESPC) the Air Force has ever awarded. The ESPC will enable the Air Force to fund upgrades using annual energy and operational savings that are guaranteed by Honeywell, eliminating the need for any upfront capital investment by the Air Force.
“Through this project, Tinker Air Force Base will significantly modernize its facility infrastructure and improve operations while reducing operating costs,” said Home and Building Technologies President Terrence Hahn. All this without requiring any additional capital budgets or tax payer dollars.”
Honeywell will install smart meters to monitor and track building energy consumption, update wastewater treatment systems, and integrate new buildings on the base into a Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI) building management system, which manages and controls heating, cooling and metering equipment. After the upgrades are completed, Honeywell will provide ongoing maintenance and service to building systems.
Once the project is complete, the improvements are anticipated to save more than $626 million in energy and operational costs over the life of the project. In the first year alone, the base is expected to save more than $6.7 million in energy expenses and $13.4 million in operational costs.