The City of San Leandro is making great strides in reaching its Climate Action Plan goals by investing in infrastructure retrofits and smart city applications. In early 2016, the City Council selected Climatec, an energy services company, to install USD 5.2 million in energy and water saving equipment, asking for a guarantee that savings would cover 100% of the costs of the improvements and related debt services.

Climatec will replace 4,730 street lights with smart LED lamps, implementing PE Smart Urban Network as centralized management and control system. The existing City’s fibre optics network will be used for high-speed communications, and Paradox Engineering’s infrastructure will prepare the City to support multiple smart city applications and services in the future, such as integrated parking systems, public wireless internet service, traffic video surveillance, and more.

The comprehensive project, which also includes installation of new, high-efficiency HVAC equipment, interior/exterior LED building lighting, and smart irrigation clocks in several City parks, is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

“San Leandro embodies sustainability in action. We invest in green infrastructure and programs to ensure that San Leandro furthers it legacy as a smart and sustainable city”, said Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter. 

Climatec calculated that the entire investment will generate USD 8 million saving over 15 years through strategic reductions in energy and water use, and USD 1.5 million in positive cash flow over that time. In addition to the financial benefits, San Leandro’s investments in clean infrastructure will reduce GHG emissions by 1,390 metric tons annually, the equivalent of 3.3 million miles driven in a year.

“As we continue to live with limited natural resources, it’s important that the City lead by example in being more efficient with municipal operations. Realized budget savings on our utility bills will be turned back into funding additional municipal efficiency projects”, said Debbie Pollart, Public Works Director at the City of San Leandro.