Arlington, Va., September 16, 2010 – Pepco Energy Services, Inc., a unit of Pepco Holdings, Inc., won a contract by the Maryland Aviation Administration to implement an energy savings and renewable energy performance contract project at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Martin State Airport.
Implementation of the project will enable the Maryland Aviation Administration to exceed the 15 percent energy reduction goals of EmPOWER Maryland.
The $20.9 million project calls on Pepco Energy to design and implement a total of 13 energy conservation measures that will improve the overall energy efficiency of more than 30 airport buildings, including the main terminal, that covers more than 9 million square feet. Pepco Energy will also install more than 1 acre of solar power generation equipment.
Through the EmPOWER Clean Energy Communities grant program, the Maryland Energy Administration awarded the Maryland Aviation Administration a $500,000 solar grant toward the completion of a 505 kW photovoltaic solar canopy system to be located on the roof of the airport’s Daily Parking Garage.
The project will result in a reduction in electric usage of more than 16 million kWh per year, which is enough to power 2,700 homes. The Maryland Aviation Administration will reduce its current energy and water usage by more than 18 percent while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 12,400 metric tons per year.
Construction will begin in September 2010 and is scheduled to be complete in December 2011.
With Pepco Energy’s help, the Maryland Aviation Administration will receive an additional $925,000 in rebates from the local utility as an additional funding source.
“This energy performance contract will provide BWI Marshall with excellent energy saving opportunities through critical infrastructure improvements and renewable technologies,” said Paul J. Wiedefeld, Executive Director of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. “I also want to thank the Maryland Energy Administration and the Maryland Department of General Services for working to deliver energy conservation measures for BWI Marshall.”
Alvin C. Collins, Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS), added, “This contract is a critical part of Governor O’Malley’s EmPOWER Maryland initiative, which allows Maryland agencies to conserve power, save money and reduce our collective impact on the environment. We are excited to see MAA leverage the value of the DGS energy performance contract in order to save tax payers dollars and to improve the infrastructure at its airports.”