Improvements in efficiency have made solar power systems an excellent choice for Federal agencies that want reliable, cost-effective power with zero emissions. Ameresco is a recognized leader in the design, development, construction and operation of solar energy systems, offering a variety of solutions for civilian and military energy projects.
Ameresco has extensive experience developing ground-level solar arrays that can be scaled to provide significant amounts of power in either grid-tie or off-grid configurations. A ballast system developed by Ameresco allows us to install panels on landfill and brownfield sites where the ground cannot be disturbed, turning these unusable pieces of land into a source of renewable energy.
Rooftop Solar Power Systems
With our non-invasive rooftop ballast system, solar panels can be installed on any roof with the capacity to bear weight without structural damage to the roof surface, allowing these systems to be installed on buildings where structural integration is a concern. Rooftops can provide enough solar energy to supply up to 100% of a building’s daytime energy needs.
Off-Grid Solar Power
From lighting to communications to water pumps, Ameresco creates reliable, purpose-built remote solar power systems that function in a wide range of environments. Remote systems allow Federal agencies to develop land and bring power where it is needed without extensive infrastructure or reliance on fossil fuel-powered generators.
By heating water through solar collectors, a solar thermal system supplements existing HVAC systems, reducing the amount of energy needed for temperature control. Added to an existing HVAC system or built as a new hybrid geothermal/solar system, solar thermal can reduce energy costs for heating and cooling and lower the carbon footprint of buildings and facilities.
Ameresco has been awarded a contract to develop an 18.6 megawatt solar facility at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. Ameresco will build, own, operate and maintain the facility, while Fort Detrick will purchase renewable energy from it through a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement.
Multiple locations proved ideal for on-site solar power generation, including the base’s large parking lots. Solar power can be stored in batteries and tapped through an on-site microgrid to keep critical systems running when grid-tie power is unavailable.
Ameresco implemented an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Archives II facility in College Park, Maryland. Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) included a facility-wide energy management system (EMS) upgrade; lighting upgrade; water conservation; chiller optimization; air handling unit (AHU) re-balancing and heating optimization.
Hill Air Force Base awarded Ameresco the delivery order to design, construct, operate and maintain a landfill gas to energy (LFGTE) along with several other traditional energy conservation measures (ECMs). The LFGTE system has given Hill AFB a source of renewable energy and a significant reduction in annual energy costs.