Ameresco to Upgrade Federal Prison in Butner, NC

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Ameresco announced this week that it has entered into an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons. Under terms of the contract, Ameresco will install energy and water conservation technology at the 776-acre Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C. The contract is valued at $53.1 million.

Ameresco says that the improvements will cover more than 2 million square feet. Steps include installation of interior and exterior LEDs and controls, HAVC control system upgrades, chiller replacements, refrigeration system upgrades and sub-metering installations. The goal is to reduce energy use by 30 percent. Ameresco also will construct a 3.1 MW solar system aimed at providing 15,300 MBtu of renewable energy, which is 8.4 percent of current usage.

Ameresco said earlier this month that it is partnering with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) on a $3.9 million (Canadian) energy efficiency and facility renewal project. The goal is to upgrade the NRC’s research facilities in Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John’s. The company says that the project is expected to result in annual savings of $330,000.

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