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The Navy has awarded a $34.1 million contract to a Milwaukee firm to install energy conservation measures on U.S. Naval Base Guam.

Johnson Controls Government Systems is to begin work this week, according to a base news release. The measures are to reduce base energy consumption by improving heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and using energy-efficient lighting and solar power.

The base expects to reduce electricity consumption and save about $1.7 million annually in energy costs, the release stated.

"In addition, it will offer significant and sustainable environmental benefits to the entire community of Guam by reducing the Navy’s carbon footprint through the reduction of carbon dioxide and other emissions," it added.

"This is a big boost for the Navy’s mission to reduce facility energy consumption and reduce emissions on Guam," Capt. Paul Fuligni, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas, is quoted in the release. He said the Navy has a goal of achieving 25 percent renewable energy use by 2025.

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