Pearl Harbor military housing will undergo an energy-saving project

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Military housing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force Base will undergo a $102 million energy conservation project that will reduce electricity consumption by 30 percent over 25 years.

Cleantech company Ameresco has partnered on the project with Lend Lease, owner and manager of Hickam Communities. The project includes a 25-year operation and management agreement.

The project will not be funded by additional appropriations from Congress. In a statement, Ameresco said, “The project is funded solely through energy and operating savings. The project is expected to generate $13 million in annual savings which would be used to pay for upgrades, financing costs and operation and maintenance services over the 25-year performance period.”

Existing heating and air conditioning systems, water supply systems and lighting in the community will be replaced or upgraded to more energy efficient systems.

The project will upgrade more than 2,500 homes and result in annual savings of $13 million.

It should be completed by 2025.

Ameresco and Lend lease started a similar project at Island Palm Communities at Schofield Barracks in 2018. The company said the project was nearing completion.

Residents of Hickam communities were displaced by kerosene contamination in the Navy water supply. They have since been allowed to return home.

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