Reston and Woodlawn Fire Stations Go Solar

Published on
09/28/2023
Rows of solar panels on the roof of Woodlawn Fire Station 24

 

A significant milestone was reached in Alexandria on Wednesday – the completion of the first solar installations using an energy performance contract at two locations, Woodlawn and Reston fire stations. 

The project includes rooftop solar photovoltaic arrays for onsite power generation at both stations, totaling 100 kW. Combined, the projects will provide about 17 percent of the building’s electricity and save the county approximately $12,775 in energy costs in the first year. Annual savings are expected to rise as the price of electricity increases over time.

The project cost $469,257, but is eligible for a federal tax credit and should generate savings to offset the cost within 22 years.

“This is another major step toward pursuing greater energy efficiency and becoming more environmentally friendly,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay. “Not only does it save us money on electricity costs over time, but it demonstrates our commitment to meeting our goal of carbon neutrality in our operations by 2040.”

“It’s exciting to see these two solar installations come online,” said Fire and Rescue Chief John Butler. “Our mission is to protect the lives, property and environment of Fairfax County. And making our stations more sustainable through the use of renewable energy is a great example to the communities we serve.”

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PART OF A LARGER, COUNTYWIDE PLAN

Our Operational Energy Strategy has set a goal for carbon neutrality in facilities, fleet vehicles and county operations, including 50 percent of county electricity from renewable sources, by 2040. Reaching that goal requires a multi-pronged effort, including improving energy efficiency and conservation; adopting alternative technologies; reducing waste and water usage; and empowering behavior change. 

We're working with CMTA, an engineering consulting and performance contracting company, to make energy, lighting and mechanical upgrades at 21 facilities, which includes energy efficiency upgrades already completed at Cub Run Rec Center, South Run Rec Center and the City of Fairfax Regional Library. These projects have accounted for annual reductions of approximately 33 percent in electric and 66 percent in natural gas consumption at the two recreation facilities, and a 12 percent reduction in electricity use at the library since startup in September 2022.

An energy improvement project at Spring Hill Rec Center broke ground in July and includes the largest geothermal heat pump HVAC system in a Fairfax County Park Authority facility.

 

MORE ABOUT FAIRFAX COUNTY GOING GREEN

More information about Fairfax County’s Operational Energy Strategy can be found on the Office of Environmental and Energy Strategy’s website

To learn more about the Reston and Woodlawn fire stations, visit Fairfax County Fire and Rescue
                                                                                             

Image of rows of solar panels on the roof of the Woodlawn Fire Station 24

County leaders with fire crew outside of fire station 24 Image of solar panel switch lifted to "on"

 

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