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Deerfield Beach launches city-wide energy efficiency project

The Florida city will work with Siemens on a 17-year infrastructure improvement project which will also increase the use of alternative energy sources.

The city will use smart infrastructure to lower its environmental footprint
The city will use smart infrastructure to lower its environmental footprint

The city of Deerfield Beach, Florida, has embarked on a city-wide energy efficiency project to reduce the city’s environmental footprint.


Last month, the Commission of Deerfield Beach approved a 17-year contract with Siemens to deliver energy performance services.


Infrastructure improvement project


Valued at more than $9.2m, the goal of the infrastructure improvement project is for the city to reduce energy consumption in more than 20 of its facilities and to increase the use of alternative energy sources.


Energy and operational savings are anticipated to be around $15m by the end of the 17-year project.


“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,” said Bill Ganz, mayor of Deerfield Beach.


“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.”


To help the city meet its energy-efficiency goals, Siemens is providing smart infrastructure solutions in conjunction with cloud-based digital technologies.


In addition to replacing more than 40 ageing HVAC systems and renewing lighting in more than 20 facilities, Siemens will install its integrated building management system, Desigo CC.


The Desigo CC system will use sensors and analytics to collect data from each facility to remotely monitor and operate building applications such as air-conditioning, lighting systems, energy usage and other major building systems.


By displaying all vital information of the facilities at a glance, the city will be able to optimise its power and energy usage. In conjunction with Siemens’ Navigator, a cloud-based building data analytics platform, the company is adding a layer of intelligence by evaluating the collected data for further optimisation.

“We will be one step closer to becoming the kind of sustainable city that others can point to as an example of excellence”

Buildings account for nearly 40 per cent of energy consumption globally, and 10 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions. According to Siemens, smart building solutions are a key contributor to increase energy-efficiency and sustainability in these critical pieces of infrastructure.


“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,” added 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.”


Alternative energy


To increase the use of alternative energy sources, Siemens will also build a compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling station for the city’s solid waste collection vehicles which will reduce operating costs, lower carbon emissions, and boost the city’s fleet resiliency.


Another driver to meet the city’s energy-efficiency goals is the installation of solar photovoltaic panels on several buildings to generate energy from renewable sources and increase the city’s energy resiliency.


The city of Deerfield Beach is located on the east coast of southern Florida in Broward County and has a population of 80,000 residents.


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