Lockheed Martin, a Bethesda headquartered security company, and Whiting Turner a construction company, have received a $15 million contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the construction of a biomass steam production system for the V.A. Medical Center located in Canandaigua, N.Y.
Lockheed Martin, will construct, install and check the equipment for its functions and educate the staff at the center on using and maintaining the system. Whiting Turner will be engaged in managing the construction and work along with VA in incorporating the system. The biomass installation project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Lockheed Martin, as part of its go green initiative has installed a biomass facility at its Owego, N.Y office. The installed plant has reduced the heating and cooling expenditures of the company. Chris Myers, vice president for energy and government programs of the company has stressed the reduction on fossil-fuel dependence and the need for developing clean green power generation facilities. He concluded saying that the successful installation of the biomass in his company amply shows the capability of the company in designing and installing such cheap, clean energy systems aiding to achieve clean energy potential.
Steven Bolewski, Network Energy Manager of VA, confirmed the commitment of VA to use renewable energy generated power to reduce the carbon emissions and cost of power production. He concluded saying that use of easily obtainable biomass materials for power production will allow the organization to tide through the energy price escalations while reducing the carbon footprint.