U.S. Army, Fort Bragg

At a Glance


Government/Public Administration

Project Type

Clean and Renewable Energy




Fort Bragg, NC

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Annual kWh Savings:

16,500,000 kWh

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Annual CO2 Reductions:

12,000 metric tons


Fort Bragg, “Home of the Airborne and Special Operations”, is one of the largest military complexes in the world, with a building footprint of over 2,510 buildings and a real property footprint of 33 million square feet. Having to pay some of the lowest energy rates among “large users” in the country, finding efficiency investments worth pursing was a challenging feat for the Army installation. EDF Climate Corps fellow Nick Mazzilli was enlisted to identify rewarding energy saving opportunities across this base.


Nick collaborated with industry experts and the energy team, as well as reviewed resources from the Directorate of Public Works (DPW), to identify projects that could yield large savings. Bringing the base’s solar thermal systems back into operation, performing an energy audit on the ice rink, identifying losses in the distribution system, conducting an analysis of LED streetlight conversion, and identifying renewable energy opportunities at the wastewater treatment plant, rose to the top as priority projects. Together, Nick and the others analyzed data, determined the next steps moving forward for each project and found investments worth pursuing.

Potential Impact:

These projects could give Fort Bragg annual savings of over 16.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity, 300 million British thermal units of natural gas, 170,000 gallons of water and 12,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. At the end of his fellowship, Mazzilli presented these findings to the energy team and plans have been made to advance these projects to the next steps.

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