THE LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE is expanding on this 2015 photovoltaic installation with
a new energy savings performance contract. A previous project included 400 panels atop
the base commissary that produce about 290 k Wh a day, but the 2017 project calls for
3,400 panels that will generate 1,275 k Wh.
An energy savings performance contract is helping the Los Angeles Air Force
Base cut its energy use by 17%, saving roughly $800,000 a year.
The 23-year contract includes an $11 million modernization project guaranteed to
generate enough energy savings to pay for
the work, which means the Air Force won’t
have to provide an initial capital investment.
Based in El Segundo, CA, the campus serves
nearly 5,000 military personnel and houses
the headquarters of the Space and Missile
Systems Center, part of the Air Force Space
Command. This project covers 31 base buildings between Los Angeles AFB and Fort
MacArthur, a group of housing and administrative facilities about 20 miles from the base.
The improvements include:
n 3,400 rooftop solar photovoltaic modules
How One Air Force Base
Is Saving 5. 5 Million kWh
EFFICIENCY UPGRADES AND RENEWABLE
ENERGY INSTALLATIONS SLASH ENERGY USE
on four buildings that will generate 1,275
k W of power, about 10% of the base’s
n Lighting upgrades, including occupancy
sensors and replacing fluorescent and
incandescent fixtures with LED versions at
n New rooftop air conditioning units, which
include 14 new high-efficiency units and
temperature control upgrades
n Smart irrigation controls to replace Fort
MacArthur’s existing manual controls, as
well as new automated controllers
n Overall building improvements to reduce
energy use, including solar reflective window film to improve temperature control
and conserve energy at seven buildings
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