Health & Safety

October 25, 2012

D-M continues to save energy

Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths)
Award Plaques sit on a table at The Energy Team shop on Davis-Monthan, Oct. 10. In 2011, the Energy Team won the Best Energy Team in the Air Force Award. The military construction projects as well as the energy initiatives also helped the base receive the 2012 Commander-In-Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence.

The D-M Energy Team has a knack for producing great ideas for the future of D-M. They also have a talent for coming up with ideas that save money for the base.

Before upgrades, Davis-Monthan used up to $7.8 million a year on utilities. The Energy Team is looking to bring it down even more with the recent installment of new equipment.

“Over the past year and a half we’ve done 54 high-efficiency boiler upgrades,” said Greg Noble, Energy Team manager. “We’ve done high bay lighting upgrades; which have been done in a number of the warehouses as well as the hangars. In addition to that we do retro commissioning projects; that’s basically Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning tune ups.”

The HVAC upgrades have saved the base 10-15 percent on energy consumption.

Not only did they come up with minor fixes for buildings throughout the base they came up with ideas for the new dorms that opened back in November of 2011.

“They have solar domestic hot water preheating systems, high efficiency chillers and window shading systems that help shade midday and afternoon sun,” Noble said. “We also have within those buildings the upgraded insulation, windows, and lighting.”

The Energy Team is looking to save 35 percent more energy for the base with their big development for the future.

“One of the key, large projects is the 14.5 megawatt solar arrays,” Noble said. “They’re due to break ground next month. They will be going in two locations; one up between the Craycroft and Swan gates and one up on the west airfield.”

The Photo Voltaic Array, a solar display located in the Soaring Heights Community on base, is one of the Energy Team’s previous projects and provides 75 percent of electrical usage to the homes on base.

“D-M has a very long history of innovating and pushing the envelope for energy management, energy conservation and renewable energy,” Greg Noble said.

In 2011, the Energy Team won the Best Energy Team in the Air Force Award. The military construction projects as well as the energy initiatives also helped the base receive the 2012 Commander-In-Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence.

If you have any questions or have any innovative ideas to save energy, please call Greg Noble at 228-6026.




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