What makes the latest project from Florida Power & Light and Silver Spring Networks so unique? It is the “single largest public lighting network to be deployed in North America, and notably, the first to ride on the same network used for smart metering”, according to Sterling Hughes, Silver Spring’s senior director of advanced technology.
So what are the benefits of having a lighting system on a smart metering network?
Better and more efficient diagnostics
Planned operational improvements
Adding lighting control to an existing smart meter network shouldn’t be too much of an added cost
A SilverLink Sensor Network is designed with networking nodes programmed as “virtual sensors” to parse and prioritize certain data for different operations
It is important to note that having “digitally controllable LEDs” is essential for keeping costs low on installing a wireless connection.
“As the only participant focused on LED lighting solutions, the conference provides a great opportunity to demonstrate the strength of our products and solutions to some of the most successful franchisees in the quick service restaurant industry,” stated Richard ST Julien, ForceField’s President of its LED Division. “By offering a turnkey program, we provide franchisees a straightforward and simple process to retrofit to LED lighting at existing locations and to install new LED products at restaurants at no upfront cost. It will become clear to all franchisees and operators that they can quickly benefit from the cost savings thus strengthening their bottom-line and the value of their restaurant while improving the customer experience resulting from ForceField’s LED lighting programs.”
“Whether it is deploying LEDs and other state-of-the-art lighting technologies, retrofitting public and private buildings or installing new solar energy systems, these priority activities are examples of how mayoral leadership is changing energy use in our cities. And, the findings in this survey also demonstrate how mayors and cities are adapting to changing conditions and partnerships, while still leading the nation on its energy and climate challenges.”– Tom Cochran
Summary of survey results:
29% of cities choose LED/energy-efficient lighting as the energy technology receiving top priority in their cities within the next two years. Solar systems and building retrofits are second at 19%.
In 45% of surveyed cities- the City operating budget &
City capital improvement program are “
How Cities Expect to Finance Their Top Priority Technology”
71% of the cities say that the utilities are the “most important partners in deploying new energy technologies”
84% of cities say budget/funding constraints pose the “Most Significant Challenges in Advancing Energy Efficiency and Conservation”
36% of cities have developed a “Comprehensive Energy Plan”
40-50% of cities creating programs for residents and business for “Engaging the Local Community on Climate Activities”
“The news conference was on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, where lights have already been replaced, expecting to save more than $70,000 and nearly 248,000 kilowatt-hours a year in energy. Unlike standard lights, which last six years, LED bulbs can burn for 20 years before they need to be replaced, the administration said, and the project is expected to save $14 million a year in energy and maintenance costs.”–By KIA GREGORY