YOKOSUKA, Japan— Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East awarded a contract to upgrade exterior lights with energy-saving light emitting diode (LED) lights on board Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan June 27.
The $522,038 project will replace 605 high-pressure sodium (HPS), fluorescent and incandescent lights with LED lighting throughout the installation, including along the flight line.
“These LED lights have many proven advantages over the older lights,” said Installation Energy Manager Jacob Neith. “Most importantly, their superior reliability provides enhanced safety and security for the installation and its residents. They are far more energy efficient which significantly lowers the electricity bill and helps NAF Atsugi achieve Navy and Federal energy savings goals. Also, they last much longer and require less maintenance and replacement than older generation lighting options.”
The new lights are expected to decrease the installation’s electricity bill by approximately $50,000 each year.
The contract is funded by the Restoration and Modernization – Energy (RMe) program. The RMe program allows installations to replace old facility equipment with energy-efficient equipment, ultimately improving facilities and utility systems and saving energy in the process.
“A great thing about these RMe projects is that they are essentially money makers in the long run. Over the project lifecycle, the energy savings generated each year will more than pay for the project cost and likely provide the installation with some extra money to use towards other facility improvements,” said Neith.
The contract was awarded to Mitomo Co., Ltd of Tokyo, Japan and work is scheduled for completion by December 2016.