CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – If you ever get the clearance to visit the Letterkenny Army Depot outside of Chambersburg, there are a few things you’ll notice inside of Building 350.
The whole thing is pretty much a giant crane. Their largest and most important machines are dedicated to local fallen soldiers with plaques.
They also use lots and lots of energy.
“Energy savings on the part of the Department of Defense is not something that is new,” Depot commander Col. Victor Hagan said.
But the new solar panels on the outer walls of the buildings are.
Letterkenny Army Depot has partnered with Honeywell for a $43.6 million efficiency makeover which is expected to reduce energy costs by 25 percent, split water use in half and save the depot $4.1 million annually.
So, who is footing the bill?
“We figure that, OK if we put in these certain types of energy conservation measures, then we can save x amount of dollars over a number of years,” Honeywell project manager Dallas Wheat said.
Hagan adds that Honeywell will recoup their investment “by the cost that we are saving on the energy itself.”
That means no tax dollars or capitol investment needed.
“It is a win-win for everybody,” Wheat said, “It’s a win-win for the government, for the taxpayer and for the people of the area. We employ a lot of subcontractors here. A lot of local people.”
The project has already started and is expected to last two years.