Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 20, 2014


U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Phyllis M. Powers presided over an opening ceremony today alongside the Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) and Lockheed Martin to celebrate construction commencement for an energy-savings project at the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua.

This project marks the Department’s first partnership with an energy service company under the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program’s Super Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC). The project will include the installation of solar photovoltaic panels and lighting upgrades, as well as building automation system optimization, and transformer and chiller upgrades.

The Department has contracted with Lockheed Martin of Rockville, Maryland on this project, which is scheduled to be completed in November 2014.

The installation is being executed by Lockheed Martin with institutional financing. The private investment for this project is $15 million. Following installation, the Department will make annual payments based on actual energy savings. Total utility savings is estimated at $36 million over 25 years.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

For more information on the project, please visit http://overseasbuildings.state.gov/releases/kits/, or contact Christine Foushee at FousheeCT@state.gov or (703) 875-4131.