Corvias begins final phase of geothermal project at Fort Polk in US

WCN Editorial Team 29 Jul 2019 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Corvias, a solutions and management partner to the US military, has entered the final phase of its geothermal installation and energy upgrades effort at the US Army’s Fort Polk in West-Central Louisiana.

The work is part of the US Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) through which the Department of Defense works with the private sector to revitalise military family housing.

The project includes the installation of geothermal heat pumps and Energy Star electric and water-saving devices.

The project began in 2018 and all upgrades are scheduled for completion in early 2020 and will reduce the community’s carbon footprint.

Corvias founder and CEO John Picerne said: “Energy independence is a top priority for Corvias and our partnership with the U.S. Army at Fort Polk showcases the progress and impact that is possible when working together to find solutions and reach a common and important goal.

“Seeing the geothermal work come to completion is a big win and we are already looking for the next series of projects that will likewise benefit the lives of military residents and families who call Fort Polk home as well as our Army partner.”

Corvias has so far installed water and energy conservation fixtures, including low-flow faucets, shower heads and toilets, for 1,130 residences; 63% of 3,772 Energy Star certified Nest Learning Thermostats; and 60% of the 2,400 planned geothermal heat pumps.

The geothermal project was granted approval in 2015 after the conclusion of a previous contract. Corvias has raised $34m to implement operational efficiencies, create cost savings, and replace and upgrade outdated infrastructure within Fort Polk’s housing portfolio.

The programme is estimated to average $1.5m in energy savings and operational cost avoidance annually amounting to over $40m (£32.5m) in savings throughout the remaining years of the Corvias programme.

In addition, water upgrades will save 71,000 gallons of water annually, the equivalent of seven average-sized swimming pools.

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Image: Corvias begins final phase of geothermal project at Fort Polk in US. Photo: Courtesy of Business Wire.

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