The City of Deerfield Beach, Florida and Siemens have announced the official start of a city-wide energy efficiency project to reduce the city’s environmental footprint. The Commission of Deerfield Beach approved a 17-year, $9.2 million contract with Siemens for energy performance services. The project will reduce energy consumption in more than 20 municipal facilities and increase the use of alternative energy sources. The energy and operational savings are approximated to be $15 million by the end of the 17-years.
“There is no better way to prepare our city for the future, and the City of Deerfield Beach is proud to partner with an innovation giant like Siemens to bring our city into the 21st century. Not only will we see cost savings for our tax payers, but we will also be one step closer to becoming the kind of sustainable city that others can point to as an example of excellence,” said Deerfield Beach mayor Bill Ganz.
Siemens will provide smart infrastructure solutions along with cloud-based digital technologies. More than 40 aging HVAC and 20 lighting systems will be replaced and an integrated building management system will be installed. Sensors and analytics will collect data from each facility to remotely monitor and operate building applications. Having the vital information of the facilities readily available will enable the city to optimize its power and energy usage.
To increase the use of alternative energy sources, a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station will be built for the city’s solid waste collection vehicles, which will reduce operating costs, lower carbon emissions, and boost the city’s fleet resiliency. Solar photovoltaic panels will be installed on several buildings to generate energy from renewable sources and increase the city’s energy resiliency.
“This is a unique project in that we will digitally connect, monitor, and manage essential building disciplines in more than 20 buildings through one digital central system – as opposed to each building having its own such system,” said Scott Brady, Zone vice president at Siemens Smart Infrastructure USA. “We are proud to work side by side with Deerfield Beach to help shape its sustainable future by leveraging the potential of our digital portfolio.”