Ameresco modernizing Energy Efficiency tools for privatized housing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam AFB

April 13, 2022
The privately funded improvements at the privatized military housing units will help generate about $13 million in annual energy cost savings, according to the partners

Energy technology firm Ameresco is working for real estate investment group LendLease to modernize efficiency solutions for more than 2,500 housing units at the legendary Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.

The $102 million project will pair Ameresco and Hickham Communities LLC, owned and managed by LendLease. Ameresco will deliver energy conservation and efficiency tools and also provide operations and maintenance service for 25 years.

The privately funded improvements at the privatized military housing units will help generate about $13 million in annual energy cost savings, according to the partners.

At the Hickam Communities, Ameresco will implement efficiency upgrades for the homes. The project is designed to decrease the communities’ grid-tied consumption by 30 percent over the life of the contract.

“We’re looking forward to implementing a wide variety of modernized upgrades across the homes at Hickam Communities. This comprehensive project will deliver immediate and long-term value for the area, prioritizing resident satisfaction and comfort throughout the process,” said Nicole Bulgarino, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Federal Solutions at Ameresco.

The company is replacing the AFB’s private housing’s heating ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems with new, high-efficiency water source heat pump systems and connecting to smart home energy thermostats. Water fixture devices also are being retrofitted with control system technologies.

“Making HVAC systems more energy-efficient, installing smart home energy thermostats, enhancing water systems, and implementing LED lighting are just a few examples of how we’re working closely with Ameresco to make our military housing communities more environmentally resilient in order to provide improved health and quality of life for our residents,” said Carolyn Tregarthen, Managing Director for Lendlease Communities.

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This is the second joint venture project between Ameresco and Lendlease on improving energy security and resiliency at privatized military housing communities. They also are working together on a similar energy modernization effort nearly completed on Oahu.

The Pearl Harbor-Hickam project also will include installation of higher efficiency LED streetlights and interior lighting. Construction on the Pearl Harbor project is expected to be completed early in 2025.

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Rod Walton has spent 15 years covering the energy industry as a newspaper and trade journalist. He formerly was energy writer and business editor at the Tulsa World. Later, he spent six years covering the electricity power sector for Pennwell and Clarion Events. He joined Endeavor and EnergyTech in November 2021.

Walton earned his Bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. His career stops include the Moore American, Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Wagoner Tribune and Tulsa World. 

EnergyTech is focused on the mission critical and large-scale energy users and their sustainability and resiliency goals. These include the commercial and industrial sectors, as well as the military, universities, data centers and microgrids. The C&I sectors together account for close to 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

He was named Managing Editor for Microgrid Knowledge and EnergyTech starting July 1, 2023

Many large-scale energy users such as Fortune 500 companies, and mission-critical users such as military bases, universities, healthcare facilities, public safety and data centers, shifting their energy priorities to reach net-zero carbon goals within the coming decades. These include plans for renewable energy power purchase agreements, but also on-site resiliency projects such as microgrids, combined heat and power, rooftop solar, energy storage, digitalization and building efficiency upgrades.