On March 6, 2015, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) issued a funding opportunity announcement on the EERE Exchange titled Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT), Fiscal Year 2015.
On January 27, 2016, FEMP selected the following four federal agencies to receive AFFECT funding:
- U.S. Department of State (Overseas Diplomatic Posts)—This 11.9-megawatt photovoltaics (PV) system bundles together solar projects from 200 kilowatts to 8 megawatts at 10 different overseas U.S. diplomatic posts into the U.S. State Department's first multisite energy savings performance contract (ESPC). The proposed project will more than double the use of renewables.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (U.S. Forest Service)—This 0.76 megawatt project deploys roof, ground, or carport-mounted solar panels, ranging from 6 to 100 kilowatts at 11 installation sites across Oregon and Washington. The project will provide 100% of the electricity needs for four sites and more than 50% of the electricity needs at the remaining seven locations.
- U.S. Department of Justice (Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA)—This 0.79 megawatt PV installation in El Paso, Texas, combines a ground and carport system at the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) and provides 30% of EPIC's energy use. The project used an ESPC ENABLE contract, which offers a standardized, streamlined process for small federal facilities to install targeted energy conservation measures in six months or less. This project, which is DEA's first renewable energy system and ESPC, will advance agency expertise in renewable energy system installation and integration that can be used by other DEA facilities.
- U.S. Department of Defense (U.S. Marine Corps Installation Command)—This 10-megawatt biomass steam turbine generator in Albany, Georgia, will reduce annual electricity consumption by approximately 4,600 megawatt-hours annually. The model project demonstrates how military installations can work toward federal energy goals and mandates while achieving a net-zero status and addressing energy security challenges.
Read about the 2014 AFFECT funding recipients.