Willdan Group has been awarded $9.8m in turnkey energy savings performance contracts with California Department of General Services (CA DGS).

The US-based company stated that these projects are the first to be awarded under Willdan’s master contract with the CA DGS, which was earlier announced in 2017.

The projects comprise of energy-saving upgrades to the Elihu Harris building in Oakland and a district office building in San Diego.

Elihu Harris is one of the CA DGS’ largest facilities, standing 24 stories tall and spanning 788,000 square-feet.

The project is slated to be concluded in the third quarter of 2020 and will offer $717,000 annually in energy savings from a comprehensive building management system upgrade, LED lighting and controls retrofits, retro-commissioning, and other facility improvements.

On the other hand, the San Diego district office project is anticipated to save an additional $142,000 per year through lighting and comprehensive heating hot water upgrades.

Willdan chairman and CEO Tom Brisbin said: “These projects meet critical needs at each facility while significantly reducing energy consumption.

“Willdan’s design approach and assistance securing $6 million in zero-percent financing will allow California to spend just $250,000 in capital for upgrades and allow the district office to avoid out-of-pocket costs entirely.”

Willdan completed acquisition of Onsite Energy in July 2019

In July 2019,  Willdan completed its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Onsite Energy. The acquisition added the industrial sector to those already served by Willdan. The deal was expected to offer industrial customers and utilities with deeper engineering, broader technical skills, and national reach.

Prior to that in March, Willdan Group had announced that it signed a letter of intent with EYP to acquire substantially all of the assets of its energy practice division, The Weidt Group.

The Weidt Group is a energy consulting and software development firm that specialises in the energy and operational performance of new and existing buildings for utilities.