ADI Energy Upgrades Lighting at DOE Building Through ESPC

Philips Lighting InstantFit LED tubes replace fluorescent tubes at DOE building for ESPC.

ADI Energy, an energy services company based in Smithfield, Rhode Island, reported that it completed the upgrade of the lighting at the US Department of Energy (DOE) James Forrestal Building in Washington DC.  The DOE contracted ADI Energy for this lucrative, multi-million dollar energy savings performance contract (ESPC) through the streamlined DOE ENABLE program.

An Energy Services Performance Contract (ESPC) is a unique contracting vehicle that allows the U.S. government to use the projected value of the energy and operational savings at a facility to finance infrastructure improvements without requiring capital upfront.  Through ESPCs the Energy Services Company offers the capital and expertise for implementing new renewable energy capabilities or comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements at federal facilities.

In exchange for a portion of the generated savings, the Energy Services Company maintains the improvements throughout their performance term. During the contract period, the actual energy and operational cost savings from the project pay for the ESPC efforts annually.

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In just six months, ADI Energy completed the upgrade of the building’s traditional fluorescent lighting to Philips Lighting’s InstantFit LED Lamps. According to ADI, the new LED lighting reduces energy consumption for the lights up to 45% for the affected lighting systems. ADI also points out the InstantFit LED lamps from Philips Lighting to improve the life span and uniformity compared to the fluorescent lights that they replace. This improved lifespan translates to reduced maintenance costs.

“The success of this project is a testament to the dedication and coordination of the Department of Energy team,” said John Rizzo PE, CEO of ADI Energy. “It was a true collaborative effort with the site staff, Philips Lighting and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories to thoroughly analyze the technical solutions that will provide real and rapid savings for many years to come.”

The DOE ENABLE program allows federal facilities to reap the benefits of energy and water savings projects earlier than a traditional ESPC. The DOE program enables the commencement of the contract award and construction in six months or less.

After selection, ADI Energy performed an in-depth energy usage study of the 1.8 million square foot facility to determine the scope of work.  Equipment samples from Philips Lighting met the critical procurement and country of origin requirements of federal customers. Samples were installed so that the General Service Administration and the site staff could observe and approve the lighting equipment selected for the project.

ADI completed construction and successful installation of 33,000 plus LED lights was completed during off-hours. The company worked in close cooperation with site staff and security to minimize impact to the site’s 3,000 employees. ADI backs up the energy and maintenance savings of the installation with a 13-year guarantee.

“The Forrestal Building’s transition to LED lighting demonstrates the leadership vision within the Department of Energy, particularly at a time when the Federal Government seeks to improve energy efficiency and resiliency across its office buildings and facilities,” said Vince Ridgell, head of Federal Systems and Services at Philips Lighting.