Southland Energy Supports Clients with Continuity of Critical Operations During Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

San Diego, California | Southland Energy

Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, Southland Energy is providing clients with the ability to maintain continuity of operations. As challenges with work and personnel evolve during this crisis, Southland Energy is continuing to perform critical work that supports clients’ essential operations.

“During these trying times, it’s very important that we continue working with our clients to maintain their critical operations and ensure that they have a safe working environment,” said Anthony Roner, Vice President of Southland Energy.

Adhering to CDC and government guidelines, Southland Energy is continuing to deliver essential services and project deliverables and is committed to protecting the health and safety of individuals related to projects by executing the necessary and recommended precautions.

Additionally, Southland Energy has a Coronavirus Crisis Management Team to provide an internal companywide COVID-19 response.

About Southland Energy

As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a national provider of facility life-cycle solutions. Creating tailored solutions to meet unique challenges and needs, Southland Energy reduces clients’ operating expenses, renews their infrastructures, and makes their facilities more resilient through a self-performance delivery model.

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Southland Energy to Perform $11.6M Water Treatment Facility Retrofit for City of San Luis Obispo

December 18, 2019

San Luis Obispo, CA

Southland Energy today announced it has been awarded a comprehensive energy and infrastructure retrofit project for the City of San Luis Obispo’s water treatment facility.

In partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southland will upgrade aging infrastructure, implement energy upgrades, and install backup generation to improve the facility’s resilience.

Slated for completion in March of 2021, the $11.6 million effort will reduce energy and operational costs, address critical deferred maintenance backlog, and help the City achieve its sustainability goals.

“This project is an excellent example of how a municipality can partner with its serving utility through a public private partnership to improve infrastructure and sustainability,” said Anthony Roner, Vice President, Southland Energy. “Southland is proud to be part of the team and looks forward to working with PG&E and the City of San Luis Obispo to deliver this important project.”

Southland Industries Names New Chief Financial Officer

Garden Grove, CA
Southland Industries recently announced the promotion of company veteran Tony Wang to the role of chief financial officer. He previously served as the organization’s vice president and treasurer.

Wang joined Southland Industries in 1997 and has since followed in the footsteps of current CEO, Ted Lynch, growing with the company from an entry-level financial analyst into a corporate finance officer and vital member of the executive leadership team. During his 20-plus years at Southland, Mr. Wang has played an integral role in ERP implementation, acquisitions, joint ventures, benefits administration, and development of regional controllers, as well as various process improvement initiatives.

In his new role as chief financial officer, the Cal State Fullerton MBA graduate will oversee Southland’s finance and safety departments.

Moscone Center Receives LEED Platinum Designation

June 19, 2019

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco’s Moscone Center, a Southland Industries project, recently received platinum certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the most widely used green building rating system in the world. With the largest rooftop solar panel array in San Francisco and an innovative rainwater harvesting and water treatment system, the Moscone Center scored 90 out of a possible 111 points to make it the highest-scoring LEED convention center in the world.

Southland Industries partnered with general contractor Webcor to provide design-assist mechanical and plumbing preconstruction and construction services for the project. That scope included the design and construction of the aforementioned rainwater harvesting and water treatment system, which recovers over 15 million gallons of water annually for reuse in landscaping, street cleaning and toilet flushing.

Southland’s subsidiary company Envise was also instrumental in the effort, assisting with the water treatment system design and providing building automation and controls.


About Southland Industries
Founded in 1949, Southland Industries is one of the nation’s largest MEP building experts. Through a holistic approach that optimizes each stage of the building lifecycle, we specialize in the design, construction, and service of mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, process piping, automation and controls systems, as well as comprehensive energy service needs. As a company that’s always prided itself on innovation and collaboration, our “Connected Solutions” continue to pave the way for how buildings are designed, built and maintained. To learn more, visit


About LEED

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.


About The Moscone Center 
The Moscone Center is San Francisco’s premier meeting and exhibition facility. From the very core of a vibrant and active downtown district, it anchors the City’s commitment to a vital tourism industry. Today more than 2 million square feet of building area include over 700,000 square feet of exhibit space, up to 106 meeting rooms, and nearly 123,000 square feet of pre-function lobbies.


Southland Energy Breaks Ground on Phase 2 Energy Savings Performance Contract at Fort Riley

Fort Riley, Kansas

Fort Riley, home of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, collaborated with Southland Energy and the U.S Army Engineering and Support Center to develop and implement energy conservation measures to reduce energy consumption and enhance resiliency. The $25 million second phase energy project will upgrade 165 facilities totaling 3.7 million square feet. Improvements include LED lighting (interior and exterior), water fixtures, HVAC, controls, expanding the existing Energy Management Control System (EMCS), infrared heating system upgrades, direct exchange system coil treatment and restoration, building envelope improvements, and retro-commissioning. The upgrade, expansion and implementation of cybersecurity protocols of the EMCS started in Phase 1 will continue in Phase 2. Fort Riley’s EMCS will incorporate enhanced security protocols designed to obtain Department of Defense cybersecurity accreditation. Building on the success of Phase 1, Phase 2 will guarantee annual savings of $1.3 million with a 34 percent reduction in energy use intensity and a 19 percent reduction in water use.

“The Energy Savings Performance Contract with Southland allows Fort Riley to reduce consumption and provide lifecycle cost solutions for thermal systems without any additional costs for the Army,” said Jeff Williamson, Fort Riley Director of Public Works. “Our first phase has already seen a dramatic reduction in energy usage and operational improvements. We are on course to exceed the Army’s energy reduction goals for 2025.”

“This project will improve the quality of life and the environment for 1st Infantry Division soldiers and their families,” said Nello Tortora, Director of Federal Programs at Southland Energy. “Southland is very proud to contribute to that effort, and we look forward to continuing the collaboration and partnership we have with Fort Riley, the Army Corps of Engineers and all stakeholders in this ESPC.”

Southland Energy Appoints Federal Business Development Manager

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – 21:45

Dulles, VA

Southland Energy, a division of Southland Industries, recently appointed Thomas “T.W.” Williams as Federal Business Development Manager. In his new role, Mr. Williams will be responsible for overseeing Southland Energy’s federal business growth strategy on a national scale.

With over 10 years of experience in the energy services industry, Mr. Williams is focused on helping federal customers achieve their energy efficiency, infrastructure and resiliency goals.

“We’re very excited to have T.W. join Southland Energy as he is well respected in our industry—especially by our federal clients.  His experience as an Army officer and his ability to build relationships focused on trust and transparency will promote strong and lasting relationships with our customers,” stated Southland Energy Vice President Anthony Roner.

Before joining Southland Energy, Mr. Williams served 28 years of active duty service in the Army, retiring as a Colonel in 2007. During his distinguished Army career, he served as the Installation Commander at Fort Belvoir; the Director of Operations (G-3) for Army Installation Management Command; the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Chief of Staff Installation Management; and as an Air Defense Artillery officer, commanding assignments from platoon to brigade level.

Mr. Williams is a 1979 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a graduate of the National Defense University. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s of Science in National Security Policy.

Southland Energy Awarded Fort Riley Energy Services Performance Contract

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 10:00

Fort Riley, Kansas

Southland Energy, a division of Southland Industries, was recently awarded an energy services performance contract (ESPC) for Fort Riley near Junction City, Kansas. The first phase of this multi-phase project is expected to provide more than $37 million in facility improvements across 280 buildings.

Spanning 5.4 million square feet, Southland Energy will complete 15 energy conservation measures across the United States Army installation. Southland’s scope consists of expanding and upgrading the central plants and energy management controls, HVAC upgrades, interior, exterior, street, and airfield LED lighting, as well as boiler and water conservation improvements. In addition, Southland will operate and maintain two central plants and perform controls maintenance. The main energy management controls system will be updated with enhanced cybersecurity protocols to earn Department of Defense accreditation.

“We are excited about making significant progress towards our energy and water conservation goals, while improving the quality of life for Big Red One soldiers and their families,” stated Mike Witmer, Chief of Utilities and Energy Branch. “This project will bring much needed infrastructure improvements and increase operational efficiency. This ESPC, which is paid for through energy and operational savings, allows Fort Riley to maximize our Public Works budget without increasing cost to taxpayers,” he continued.

“Southland Energy is proud to support Fort Riley in their efforts to reduce operating costs, improve infrastructure, and to achieve their energy and water conservation goals.  When complete, this project will significantly improve the facilities that support the soldiers and mission of the 1st Infantry Division,” added Southland Energy Vice President Anthony Roner. Serving over 18,000 active duty service members and 24,000 family members, Fort Riley is home to the 1stInfantry Division, one of the longest serving active duty units of the United States Army.

The improvements will be funded through the $2.4 million in annual cost savings that the project is expected to generate. Over a 22-year period, these savings are anticipated to grow to more than $92 million in savings. The project’s design and construction phases are scheduled to begin June 2017.

Department of Energy Selects Southland Energy for Energy Savings Performance Contract

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – 13:30

Dulles, VA

Southland Energy, a division of Southland Industries, was recently awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) by the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program. The contract is awarded to energy services companies (ESCOs) that provide guaranteed cost savings as a result of privately financed energy and water infrastructure improvements to federal facilities, without the need for additional congressional appropriations.  As part of the twenty-two businesses awarded this contract, Southland Energy can implement energy and water efficiency projects for all federal government agencies.

“Southland Energy is honored to be working with the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program to help achieve energy efficiency and security for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. With Southland Energy’s extensive performance-based energy efficiency experience and Southland Industries’ 68-year history of engineering, construction, service, and energy service solutions, we are well positioned to bring innovation and excellence to the federal government, while saving energy and reducing costs,” stated Vice President of Southland Energy Anthony Roner.

With the ability to contract directly with the federal government, Southland Energy will help government agencies meet their mandated energy reduction and renewable energy goals, as well as enhance existing facility infrastructure, and achieve energy security.

Southland Energy Awarded Union City Energy Efficiency Project

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – 23:15

Union City, CA

Southland Energy, a division of Southland Industries was recently awarded the Union City energy efficiency project in Union City, California. The upgrades are a result of customer Union City’s desire to add solar energy and update the existing building infrastructure to include more efficient mechanical systems.

The design-build performance-based energy project features multiple mixed-use facilities that include fire stations, a senior center, a city hall, a teen center, and a community center. Southland Energy’s scope includes the installation of solar photo-voltaic systems, new HVAC equipment, building analytics, and a new building automation system. Once completed, the project is anticipated to reduce the city’s annual energy costs by 20 percent.

The project’s design phase is currently underway with construction to begin in April 2017. Overall project completion is anticipated for July 2017.

Southland Energy Appoints Director of Business Operations

Thursday, January 26, 2017 – 16:45

San Diego, CA

Southland Energy, a division of Southland Industries, recently appointed Ken Robinson as Director of Business Operations. In this role, Mr. Robinson will oversee the development and execution of a robust business platform, including processes and best practices across the organization’s business development, project development, and project implementation efforts.

With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Mr. Robinson is a veteran executive leader and expert developer of energy efficiency, transmission, generation and natural gas construction projects and related professional technical services. His expertise spans across a wide range of energy-related project types, including energy savings performance contracting, cogeneration, biomass, wind and solar, and natural gas compression.

“Ken brings a wealth of expertise to our team, and I am confident that he will be able to help us foster an environment focused on quality and efficiency. With an ability to execute at a quicker pace and at a higher quality, we will be able to measure the outcome through the increased satisfaction of both our clients and employees,” stated Anthony Roner, Vice President of Southland Energy.

Prior to joining Southland Energy, Mr. Robinson held several executive titles and managerial positions at prominent energy services firms in North America.