WASHINGTON DC -- The Presidio of Monterey is among eight U.S. Army units, groups and agencies receiving the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy and Water Management Awards.

Directorate of Public Works employees Dan Finklea, Gary George, Tom Harris and Jay Tulley represent the PoM Garrison for their outstanding contributions in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, and the use of advanced and renewable energy technologies at federal facilities.

The DPW team completed three projects in fiscal 2016 that contribute to an estimated 37 percent in annual energy savings and more than $600,000 in energy, water and maintenance costs.

The Presidio's 365,000 square-foot Building 4385 complex is the installation's largest facility and highest energy user, housing administrative offices and a large data center.

In 2012, Building 4385 consumed 19 percent of the Garrison's energy, costing $1.2 million, and almost seven million gallons of water.

Plans to reduce both energy and water through a multi-pronged approach included installation of a grid-connected, one-megawatt solar array designed to produce 1,600 megawatt-hours annually and a xeriscaping project that converted three acres of turf to drought resistant landscaping and a passively-irrigated field.

The Presidio also achieved savings with a utility energy service contract, which replaced building lighting and refurbished heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. These measures improved the data center's power usage effectiveness by 33 percent, saving tax dollars in the coming years.