US Nicaragua embassy gets energy efficiency makeover

The United States is revamping its huge embassy in Nicaragua to boost its energy efficiency. It has handed engineering firm Lockheed Martin with a contract to more than halve the […]

By Vicky Ellis

The United States is revamping its huge embassy in Nicaragua to boost its energy efficiency.

It has handed engineering firm Lockheed Martin with a contract to more than halve the energy use of the embassy in Managua.

Around $15million (£9.8m) will be spent on installing 1MW worth of solar panels and improving lighting and chilling equipment. The upgrade is expected to save more than $30million (£19.5m) on the central American embassy’s energy spend in the long run, according to reports.

The USA has so far invested more than $2.72billion (£1.8bn) in federal energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements, saving the federal government more than $7.2billion (£4.7bn) in energy costs, according to the US Department of Energy.

Following a near energy crisis in the mid-Noughties, Nicaragua has been strongly pushing for renewable energy and is aiming to generate 94% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2017.