“The implementation of the Siemens Site Controls EMS Platform at nearly 1300 stores in a period of 10 months after the pilot is truly impressive. I like this product because it allows the energy manager to have a standard platform to manage all the stores. It could be easily trended, tracked, and modified to optimize comfort and energy savings.”
–Energy Manager Today Awards judge
ALDI has successfully deployed Siemens’ Site Controls Energy Management System (EMS) at nearly 1,500 of its retail locations. The majority of the EMS installations were retrofits at existing stores where thermostats or third-party energy management systems were replaced, but Siemens also installed its Site Controls EMS in newly constructed stores as well. This energy management program will leverage advanced cloud-based technology to build upon the grocer’s previous initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, such as the installation of solar panels, at dozens of retail stores and four distribution centers.
ALDI and Siemens were able to roll out to its stores in as little as 10 months, thus drastically reducing their energy consumption and carbon footprint over a very large scale. ALDI now has enterprise visibility and control into their 1,500 locations which allows them to curb carbon emissions by 29,000 metric tons per year. The Site Controls EMS reduces energy usage at stores by monitoring and/or controlling key energy-consuming devices such as HVAC units, indoor lighting, store signage, indoor and outdoor temperature sensors, and refrigeration units. The EMS also monitors energy output and performance of on-site solar panels. Complementing store-level optimization is the Site Controls Enterprise Portal, a cloud-based data analytics platform that provides the grocer enterprise-level dashboards, KPIs and outlier reporting to quickly pinpoint and resolve issues that would otherwise drive excessive consumption or negatively impact customer comfort.
ALDI selected Siemens after an initial 16-site pilot in 2012 validated the Site Controls system’s ability to reduce consumption at its stores, and a 180-site rollout in 2013 demonstrated that results could be replicated across an entire region. By working closely together, ALDI and Siemens were able to successfully install the remaining sites in less than 10 months. ALDI will also install the Site Controls system in new stores as it continues to expand across the U.S.
“The system should drive the reduction of energy and over 29,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year,” said a judge. “This is good for energy efficiency and the environment.”