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Kings Bay sub base awarded for saving energy, money

ST. MARYS, Ga. — Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay has earned the Navy's highest award for energy conservation for the fourth time in five years.

Public affairs officer Scott Bassett said he learned about the award Wednesday, which will be given to the base in October.

The base earned the Secretary of Navy's Energy Platinum Award for an energy conservation project at the Strategic Weapons Facility.

The work done by Atlanta Gas and Light Resources and a subcontractor, Energy Systems Group, is estimated to save the base more than $430,000 in annual energy costs.

Cmdr. Shawn Follum said only one other base in the Southeast region earned the award.

The $4.5 million project, which began in August 2012, included replacement of lighting and water fixtures with more efficient units and upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in seven buildings.

Work at the facility's maintenance support building also included retrofitting ultraviolet lights to inhibit microbial growth and increase or maintain the heat transfer efficiency across the cooling coils. Twenty-one high efficiency pumps were installed at a paint booth and hot water for heating and dehumidification.

No base operations were interrupted while the improvements were being made, Follum said.

The work is part of mandated requirements of the Energy Independence Security Act of 2007 and an executive order which requires specific reductions in energy at federal facilities of at least 30 percent by fiscal year 2015.

Follum said Kings Bay has earned two Gold and four Platinum Awards the past six years. The challenge is to continue to find ways to cut energy consumption on base.

"We have some projects in the works," Follum said.

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at gjackson@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 464-7655.

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