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Siemens to automate Georgetown County

September 30, 2010 – Georgetown County, South Carolina, is home to Georgetown, the third oldest city in the U. S. Last summer, the county procurement department engaged Siemens Industry to help it reduce energy consumption and fund infrastructure improvements. This also helps the County meet sustainability mandates set for state and local governments through the South Carolina Mayors for Climate and Energy Leadership initiative formed in 2007.

Through a $2.4M comprehensive energy savings performance contract, Siemens and key county government groups, including procurement, finance, the Facilities Services administration, IT and the Public Services director, developed a close collaboration to implement the project and deliver on its energy and resource efficiency goals.

The recently completed construction phase of the project includes lighting, building automation and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) retrofits and upgrades to some 71 county buildings and recreational facilities, as well as upgrades and retrofits to the landfill compost area. Siemens guarantees overall energy savings of 2,031,182 kWh of electricity, 9,922 therms of natural gas as well as an 11 million gallon reduction in waster water annually over the 10-year term of the contract. Based on current prices, the energy savings will reduce utility costs by approximately $300,000 per year. This will continue to support the sustainability of county operations and will result in an annual reduction of approximately 2,330 tons of Co2 and other greenhouse gasses—equivalent to removing 312 cars from the road or planting some 12 acres of trees.

“We are achieving excellent results and the project is on target for on-time completion,” said Georgetown’s Sel Hemingway, County Administrator. The intensive collaboration organized by Siemens and the participation of such a broad spectrum of county departments is unprecedented, and so are the results. “Implementing various energy savings projects within the county has reduced energy consumption and expenses while allowing Georgetown County to provide the same level of services; this we believe is essential for a sustainable future.”

And the early results are impressive. According to county officials, recent audits are revealing very positive downward trends in both energy and water consumption at county facilities including:
  • Four percent more electricity savings than projected at the county airport;
  • Fifty percent reduction in equivalent energy costs at the park district’s Marshwalk; and
  • In the first month, a 750,000 gal. reduction in water sent to the waste water treatment plant.

  • Siemens successful implementation of the county’s performance contract was predicated on its project management skills—which start by fostering key, strategic relationships among critical groups and individuals. At nearly every juncture, the collaboration within Georgetown County netted positive results.

    “Siemens assisted the County in several ways concerning the available grants and low-interest loans,” said Siemens project manager Russell Lammer, “including providing all the required technical audit reports.” For example, the County’s procurement and finance departments proactively solicited a low interest rate loan from the state and worked with the local Council of Government to secure American Resource and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding. Siemens project development staff provided the additional documentation required by the State to approve this funding. The ARRA application and the state’s low interest loan resulted in very positive financing and cash flow for the project and helped assure its financial success.

    About Siemens
    A division of Siemens Industry, Inc. (SII), Building Technologies (BT) Division is a leading provider of energy and environmental solutions, building controls, electrical distribution equipment, fire safety and security systems solutions. BT’s solutions enable America’s buildings to be more comfortable, secure and environmentally friendly as well as less costly to operate. With its U.S. headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Ill., BT employs 9,000 people and provides a full range of services and solutions from more than 100 locations coast-to-coast. Worldwide, the Building Technologies Division of Siemens’ Industry Sector has 28,000 employees and operates from more than 500 locations in 51 countries. It posted worldwide revenues of $8.1 billion in fiscal 2009.
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