Solar Replacing Oil
Lowering the cost of power for the United States Coast Guard in Puerto Rico
The United States Coast Guard Sector San Juan (”USCG”) is responsible for all Coast Guard missions in the Eastern Caribbean area, and operates multiple housing, operations and other facilities in Puerto Rico.
USCG has a large electricity requirement for their facilities supplied by Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, primarily a light fuel oil burning utility. The high and rising cost of LFO has lead to the USCG paying a high cost for electricity.
USCG selected Schneider Electric Buildings Americas, Inc. (“Schneider”) to install 3 MW of solar PV on over 200 buildings at three sites as well as replacing 600,000 SF of roofing with cool roofs to provide electricity savings and support for the PV systems. Hannon Armstrong was selected to be the owner of the PV system which allows the USCG to receive the maximum benefits from federal tax credits and other local incentives. This innovative Renewable Energy Services Agreement structure was the first-of–its-kind under a traditional ESPC.
In 2012, USCG will be supplied with over 4,000,000 kWhs annually of solar energy, generated and consumed on-site.