Department of Veterans Affairs Selects Utility Systems Solutions, Inc. (US2) and Partner Southland Energy for ESPC Contract

Dulles, VA | Southland Energy

June 23, 2020 — US2 and Southland were recently awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The US2 and Southland Team is part of a list of four SDVOSBs – large company teams awarded this contract.

With the ability to contract directly with the VA, the US2 and Southland Team will be able to help the VA meet their mandated energy reduction and resilience goals, enhance existing facility infrastructure, and achieve energy security. The ESPC projects will also contribute to improving the overall environment and care for veterans and their families at medical centers and hospitals nationwide.

Benji Brosch, President and CFO of US2, and Nello Tortora, Director of Federal Programs for Southland Energy, jointly stated: “Our team is honored to be working together with the Department of Veterans Affairs to help achieve energy efficiency and security and their important goal of enhancing the quality of care and service they provide America’s veterans. With our team’s extensive performance-based energy efficiency experience and history of excellence with innovative engineering, construction, service, and energy service solutions, we are well positioned to bring significant facility improvements to the VA, while saving energy and reducing costs.”

About US2

US2 provides national construction, energy conservation, and maintenance services for federal agencies with a focus in mechanical-electrical-plumbing (MEP) upgrades. Since 2005, US2 has successfully completed over $100M in prime contract awards utilizing a team of project management professionals, professional engineers, certified energy managers, pipefitters, plumbers, electricians, and service technicians. With a unique expertise in steam system monitoring, US2 provides remote steam system monitoring for 17 federal facilities across the United States.

Southland Energy Selected for an Energy Services Company Award

Portland, OR 

June 1, 2020 – Southland Energy recently announced that it has been selected for an Energy Services Company (ESCO) award by the Oregon Department of Energy and is now pre-qualified to be able to perform comprehensive energy, waste management, and associated capital improvements for state and local agencies including cities, municipalities, state institutions, school districts, public universities, and other state-owned buildings.

In Oregon, state agencies that want to use an Energy Services Performance Contract (ESPC) for energy services work are required to use a firm from the pre-qualified list of ESCOs. As a selected ESCO, Southland Energy is able to perform work in partnership with local Southland companies, TCM and Envise, providing energy services for Oregon government entities.

Already a national ESCO, Southland Energy is now able to execute comprehensive energy, waste management, and associated capital improvements as well as infrastructure upgrades for Oregon state agencies.

“This is a great opportunity for Southland Energy and our other Southland Companies, TCM and Envise, to support the energy needs of the state of Oregon. We’re excited to be established as an ESCO in Oregon and to bring our experience as a national ESCO home.” – Dan Heichelbech, President of TCM

The ESCO award went into effect in May of 2020 and is valid for two years with options for renewal. For all Oregon-related, state projects, please contact Trevor Marugg, Senior Account Consultant, at or 503.488.1780.

About Southland Energy

As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a comprehensive energy services firm with roots in one of the nation’s leading MEP building systems firms. With the ability to self-perform energy services work through its distinctive design-build-operate-maintain expertise, Southland Energy works with clients to increase efficiency, reduce utility consumption, and lower overall energy costs. Using various creative financing options, Southland Energy’s certified energy professionals deliver guaranteed performance-based solutions that sustainably improve each facility’s bottom line.

About TCM

Founded in 1953 and acquired in 2014, TCM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southland Industries and one of the Northwest’s largest Mechanical and Plumbing systems experts offering a “One Team,” “Connected Solutions” approach.

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Dan Navarrete

Vice President, Marketing and Communications


Southland Energy Selected to Perform Energy Upgrades on Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Dauphin Island, AL | Southland Energy

April 9, 2020 — Southland Energy recently announced that the company has been selected to perform a campus-wide energy and infrastructure upgrade project at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama.

Appointed and approved by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab board of directors – a quorum of 23 public and private universities in Alabama – Southland Energy will develop an energy savings performance contract to implement energy conservation measures and infrastructure improvements on the marine science center.

“We have initiated an investment-grade audit of all facilities,” said Nello Tortora, Director of Southland Energy. “When completed, this project will help the sea lab achieve enhanced reliability for its research laboratories.”

When complete, the project will significantly reduce energy and operational costs as well as provide critical infrastructure upgrades for this remote facility.

The project’s anticipated start date has not been announced.

About Southland Energy
As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a national provider of performance-based facility life-cycle solutions.  We reduce our client’s operating expenses, renew their Infrastructure, and make their facilities more resilient through a self-performance delivery model.


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Dan Navarrete
Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Southland Energy Appoints Roxanne Fong as Director of Utility Programs

San Diego, CA | Southland Energy

March 30, 2020 – Southland Energy recently appointed Roxanne Fong as Director of Utility Programs. In her new role, Ms. Fong will lead Southland’s growth strategy for the utilities sector by developing partnerships to deliver energy and infrastructure solutions and services.

Ms. Fong brings over 30 years of experience working in the utilities industry to her new role. Throughout her career, she’s developed and implemented various programs to help government and commercial clients meet their energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability goals. In her most recent role, she led PG&E’s New Revenue Development (NRD) business development team, which developed and implemented over $300 million in design-build energy projects.

Ms. Fong graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Business and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is also Six Sigma Green and Black Belt certified from Villanova University. Before joining Southland Energy, Ms. Fong was recognized as a Supplier Diversity Champion and served on the Board of Directors for the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) from 2008–2018.

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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Dan Navarrete
Vice President, Marketing and Communications

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.

Media Contact

Dan Navarrete
Vice President, Marketing and Communications

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.