updated 6/9/2011 1:18:27 PM ET 2011-06-09T17:18:27

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., June 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BAE Systems and Siemens Industry, Inc. announced today the successful and early conclusion of an extensive, 2 million dollar energy efficiency program at the defense contractor's Greenlawn, New York facility. The project's sustainability benefits, emissions abatement and energy savings were celebrated by BAE employees and management at a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 25th.

The fast-track, six-month project begun in December 2010, was developed using Siemens' innovative Conserv™ pay-for-performance structure. Under this 11-year Energy Services Agreement (ESA), BAE Systems pays only for the actual savings realized from the program's comprehensive energy efficiency improvements. BAE Systems expects the program to save more than $305,000 annually in equivalent energy and operational expenses, savings delivered through a broad range of HVAC and building system retrofits and upgrades that will deliver a 5 percent reduction in electricity consumption and a 69 percent reduction in natural gas usage.

"BAE Systems is committed to improving the environment by becoming increasingly energy efficient across its North American facilities," said Steve Hannwacker, facilities director for BAE Systems' Greenlawn Electronics Solutions business. "The Greenlawn project's commissioning a month early—within an already compressed time frame—provides a benchmark, one that reveals how close collaboration with the right partner can deliver excellent results."

For the past 10 years, Siemens has completed multiple projects in support of BAE System's energy and operational efficiency goals across its enterprise. "We continue to bring a great deal of value to BAE, including innovative financial solutions to support the effort," said Andreas Schierenbeck, president of Siemens Industry, Inc.'s Building Technologies Division. "Our relationship has grown precisely because our close collaboration delivers results. There is no better proof than the commissioning of the Greenlawn project early—the timeline was ambitious to begin with—but we both had the confidence entering into it that it could be accomplished successfully."

As a result of the major HVAC system efficiency upgrades, local utility Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will return to BAE Systems through its Efficiency Long Island Program an $82,000 rebate. Similarly, National Grid, BAE systems natural gas supplier will deliver another $68,000 rebate to the company as well.

Over the course of the project, Siemens replaced existing boilers with high efficiency units, upgraded the domestic hot-water boiler, replaced two gas-fired chillers with a single magnetic bearing chiller and completed a number of component and system swaps including upgrading controls, installing variable frequency drives, and demand control ventilation. As a result, operating and maintenance costs will be reduced and carbon emissions will be abated by up to 1,814,000 lbs. per year, equivalent to annually preserving 5.8 acres from deforestation or eliminating 150 cars from the road.

Steven E. Kuehn, Siemens Industry Media Relations, 847-941-6047 steve.kuehn@siemens.com

Siemens Industry

Siemens Industry, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Siemens' global Industry Sector business—the world's leading supplier of production, transportation and building technology solutions. The company's integrated hardware and software technologies enable comprehensive industry-specific solutions for industrial and infrastructure providers to increase their productivity, sustainability and profitability. The Industry Sector includes six divisions: Building Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility, Drive Technologies and Osram Sylvania. With nearly 204,000 Siemens Industry Sector employees worldwide, the Industry Sector posted a worldwide profit of $4.7 billion on revenues of $47.3 billion in fiscal 2010. www.usa.siemens.com/Industry

Building Technologies

A division of Siemens Industry, Inc., Building Technologies is a leading provider of energy and environmental solutions, building controls, electrical distribution equipment, fire safety and security systems solutions. Building Technologies provides a full range of services and solutions from more than 100 locations coast-to-coast, enabling America's buildings to be more comfortable, secure and environmentally friendly as well as less costly to operate. Worldwide, it has nearly 42,000 employees and operates from more than 500 locations in 51 countries. The Building Technologies Division posted worldwide revenues of $9.3 billion in fiscal 2010. www.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies

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