The US Drug Enforcement Administration has signed an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with smart energy firm Ameresco.
The ESPC will help the government agency to reduce energy costs in buildings and to develop renewable energy projects to generate revenue and reduce carbon emissions.
In total, the contract is expected to help the Drug Enforcement Administration to achieve $9.2 million in energy cost savings.
Ameresco has completed a 2.5MW solar system at El Paso Intelligence Center (Texas).
The solar system comprises 7,340 solar panels, is the federal agency's first renewable energy project and will help the agency to reduce carbon emissions of more than 3,400 metric tons annually.
The solar plant will be operated by Ameresco for a period of 20 years, power the El Paso Intelligence Center, help to reduce electricity costs and ensure long-term electric pricing stability.
The US Department of Energy has provided technical support and funding for the solar project through the Federal Energy Management Programme and the Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies programme, respectively.
Ameresco has also replaced 1,400 interior and exterior lighting fixtures to high-efficiency LEDs for the Drug Enforcement Administration
The LEDs will help provide high-quality illumination and individual office dimming control in facilities whilst reducing maintenance and replacement costs.