NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino recently participated in the dedication of operational startup of a new $795 million renewable energy fueled facility at the Savannah River Site, in Aiken, S.C. The administrator joined U.S. Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) and other senior officials from the Department of Energy and Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, in the dedication.
The 34-acre SRS Biomass Cogeneration Facility is the culmination of 30-months and more than 600,000 hours of labor. The project sustained and created an estimated 800 jobs, spanning the mechanical, construction, engineering, and supplier sectors. Fully operational, the plant will support 25 fulltime jobs onsite and support the local logging community.
This project is also the single largest renewable Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) in the nation’s history. ESPCs are contracts in which private companies finance, install, and maintain new energy- and water efficient equipment at federal facilities.
The SRS Biomass Cogeneration Facility replaced a deteriorating and inefficient 1950s-era coal powerhouse and oil-fired boilers, and will generate an estimated $944 million in savings in energy, operation and maintenance costs over the duration of the contract.
To read more about the facility see: http://www.srs.gov/general/news/releases/nr12_doe-biomass-startup.pdf