Siemens LED streetlight deployment program to cut California city’s energy usage in half


Siemens is partnering with the City of Huntington Beach in California to engineer, install and maintain a new 11,000 energy-efficient streetlight system, which will improve visibility and increase safety for drivers and pedestrians.

Siemens will install energy-efficient LED lighting technology that reduces electricity consumption by over 50%, and creates clearer illumination to help reduce vehicular accidents and increase safety for city residents. The new technology will also result in a net saving of more than US$13m over the 20-year streetlight life expectancy, achieve nearly 3.8 million kWh in annual energy savings, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.4 million pounds per year.

The partnership with Huntington Beach expands Siemens’ streetlight technology footprint that spans the USA. To date, the company has installed 170,000 LED streetlights across 76 cities, saving customers over US$11m in energy savings. The company says the Huntington Beach LED streetlight project is slated for completion by early 2018.

“We are proud to be a technology partner for the City of Huntington Beach, to not only help the city cut its energy consumption in half and become more efficient, but provide citizens with better quality lighting that can result in an overall safer community,” said Marcus Welz, CEO of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems.

“Improving our country’s infrastructure is a national imperative, and it’s important to recognize that these improvements go beyond just focusing on improving roads and bridges, so we’re excited to work with the Huntington Beach on this impactful project that helps raise the bar for city’s infrastructure.”

Antonia Graham, the City of Huntington Beach’s sustainability manager, commented, “Owning and retrofitting our streetlights not only saves the taxpayers money, but will also reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 2.4 million pounds of CO?, thereby leading the way in Orange County to help the State meet its ambitious climate goals.”

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