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.”
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.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – 13:30
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.
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.
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.
Monday, October 24, 2016 – 22:45
Southland Energy, a division of Southland Industries, was recently awarded a series of upgrades and replacements for the Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia. As a project awarded under VirginiaSAVES, a new program designed to reduce the cost of qualified energy efficiency projects and provide low- or no-cost long term financing, the project is completely self-funding and aims to reduce the school’s carbon footprint by 35 percent.
Spanning 300,000 square feet, Randolph-Macon Academy is a co-educational, college prep day and boarding school for students in grades six through twelve. Southland Energy will be redesigning and replacing aging and inefficient systems and equipment for classrooms, dorms, offices, worship spaces, meeting rooms, and athletic facilities. The project scope includes lighting, controls, boilers, chillers, pumps, motors, and HVAC equipment and will improve the learning environment for all students.
The project’s design phase is currently underway and construction is expected to begin in November 2016. Overall project completion is anticipated for October 2017.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 16:15
San Diego, CA
Southland Energy, a division of Southland Industries, recently appointed Anthony Roner as Vice President. In his new role, Mr. Roner will be responsible for overseeing Southland’s energy business unit by focusing on the strategic implementation of Southland’s energy services within core markets as well as on a national scale.
“Anthony’s leadership skills and expertise in energy efficiency, building automation, and analytics will position him for success in the industry. By consulting with customers, I know he will not only meet, but exceed, their energy requirements,” stated Executive Vice President Joe Cvetas.
With over 20 years of experience in the energy services and building automation industry, Mr. Roner’s expertise ranges from building optimization, retro-commissioning, and demand management to leading high performance teams on a national level. With a track record for successfully implementing complex design-build energy retrofit projects, he has worked with a vast number of clients to optimize building operations and improve overall building efficiency through measurable solutions.
Mr. Roner earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from San Diego State University, and previously served as a regional leader for building systems integrator, Envise. He continues to participate in many industry organizations, such as the ASHRAE and the Association of Energy Engineers.