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Johnson Controls upgrading power system at U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein

The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center has awarded a $40 million "Energy Savings Performance Contract" to Johnson Controls Federal Systems Inc. to implement energy conservation measures at the U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein.

The project includes the design, implementation and long-term operation of an island-wide system using solar photovoltaic technology, lithium-ion battery storage and microgrid controls. The new system will be added to the existing utility grid that uses diesel as the primary fuel for power generation. Additionally, Johnson Controls will install LED lighting systems at the site, according to a Feb. 8 press release.

The project will be one phase of a broader effort to provide energy resiliency enhancements and upgrades to the military installation.

The renewable power addition to the system will reduce diesel consumption by 55%, and the LED lighting system will reduce electric consumption by 64% on the island of Meck, in the Marshall Islands. Overall the garrison will save more than $2.2 million in annual energy and operational savings, according to the news release, in addition to added resilience over a performance period of 20 years.

Johnson Controls Federal Systems is a division of Johnson Controls International plc with primary focus on U.S. federal government contracts.