PV Magazine – Ameresco solar-plus-storage installation increases resiliency on U.S. military base

Ameresco, a cleantech integrator, is partnering with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL) in New Jersey on a $140 million infrastructure and energy resilience project. As part of the federal government’s Climate Smart Building Initiative, the energy project will include a 32 MW solar facility with a 2 MW/ 4 MWh battery energy storage system. Energy savings steps are also being taken, including the installation of 90,000 smart LED light fixture retrofits.

Ameresco has served as an energy services provider to JBMDL for more than a decade, completing an initial project in 2012 and supporting operations and maintenance (O&M) on the systems since their completion. This latest installation and upgrades are Phase 2 of the project. The 32 MW solar installation is the largest that Ameresco has installed at a federal site. It is paired with a battery energy storage system (BESS), which will be integrated with backup generation assets within the microgrid. The goal of the project is to ensure that the base has access to uninterrupted power to support its critical missions.

“We are incredibly excited to expand our already robust partnership with the team at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst,” said Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president of Federal Solutions at Ameresco. “We’re eager to get started on the integration of advanced clean technologies to create a more resilient and sustainable energy future for the base and deliver a project that meets the installation’s mission requirements while also advancing the Climate Smart Building Initiative.”

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Anne Fischer