Air Force, Hickam Communities kick off energy program

Rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels have the capacity to produce up to four megawatts of power for homes. Photo courtesy of Lendlease

Hickam Communities, LLC

To encourage service members to conserve energy and help the Department of Defense (DoD) meet its energy reduction goals, the Air Force and Hickam Communities launched the Utility Allowance Program, May 1.

Following a three-month long mock billing program that helped Hickam Communities nearly 2,500 residents familiarize themselves with their household energy use, residents will receive their first real utilities statement next month.

“The Air Force is rolling out its resident utility program in privatized military communities on bases across the country, so we’re excited to be part of this important DoD initiative to conserve energy,” said Col. Richard Smith, commander, 647th Air Base Group, 15th Wing, and deputy commander, JBPHH.

“Our base leadership has worked closely with Hickam Communities to ensure our families are well-informed about the program and its incentives, and what resources are available to help them manage their household energy use.”

Hickam Communities is responsible for managing the program and has enlisted Minol USA to assist with meter billing and maintenance.

The Air Force program provides an incentive to residents who conserve by awarding them rebates. Since mock billing began in February, one third of Hickam Communities families would have been eligible for a rebate if the program were live. Residents also benefit from Hickam Communities vast photovoltaic array atop homes. Solar production helps offset kilowatt hour (kWh) costs. In March, it resulted in a reduction from $0.24 kWh to $0.22 kWh.

JBPHH and Hickam Communities will continue to provide information and resources to residents and help ensure a successful program rollout and outcomes. Information about the program and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at www.HickamCommunities.com/ResidentResources. For more information about the program, residents can attend a town hall scheduled on May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Earhart Community Center.

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