Schneider Electric expands power ratings of Conext SmartGen inverter line

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Schneider Electric Solar has extended its Conext SmartGen inverter power ratings for greater flexibility and optimization of both small and large utility power plants. For large scale power plants, the CS2200 is now available and is optimized for 4.4 MW stations using two inverters. To expand the power ratings for smaller power plants in North America, the introduction of the CS1666 provides an optimum power block for 5 MW power plants.

Why is this cool?

In many cases, changing the inverter nameplate power ratings after submitting the interconnect applications can result in delays in processing. The flexibility offered by the range of power ratings also makes it easier to match up with any power plant capacity limits that are tied to the nameplate power rating of the inverters.

The system’s ease of use will also take advantage of Schneider Electric’s Power EcoSystem, including the Conext Viewer user interface, the industry changing Conext PowerCloud, and the Conext Advisor 2 monitoring and control platform. Below is a list of available ratings:

Conext SmartGen Models:
• CS2200: 2200 kW/2200 kVA for North America and IEC markets
• CS2000: 2000 kW/2000 kVA for North America and IEC markets
• CS1800: 1800 kW/2000 kVA for North America and IEC markets
• CS1666-1-NA: 1666 kW/1666 kVA for North America markets
• CS1666-2-NA: 1666 kW/1831 kVA for North America markets
• CS1666-3-NA: 1666 kW/1851 kVA for North America markets

— Solar Builder magazine

Schneider Electric to supply back up power for Iron Edison batteries in new California solar project

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Iron Edison Battery Co., a Nickel Iron and Lithium Iron Phosphate battery system supplier for solar energy storage, selected Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, to supply back up power as part of a solar installation in California.

This project utilizes Schneider’s Conext XW+ inverters in a system that will provide a residence with 61.2kW of continuous backup power and 166kW-hours of total energy storage capacity. and is a testament to the versatility and scalability of the Conext XW+ platform. The 61.2kW Conext XW+ Multi-cluster consists of nine Conext XW+6848 inverter/chargers configured to 120/208V 3-phase, which happens to be the same as the utility feeder for this 45,000 square foot residence.

The Iron Edison LiFePO4 batteries are compatible with the custom charging profile provided by the Conext XW+ system. The batteries are kept full and ready for a power outage in this AC coupled system. The grid-tie micro inverters allow PV to reduce the demand from the utility grid, and can produce power to the critical loads even after the grid goes down.

“We have been working with Schneider Electric for years,” said Brandon Williams, co-founder and CEO of Iron Edison. “They offer terrific solutions for residential battery-based customers, both large and small. From an installation standpoint, the Conext XW+ inverter and charge controller are great to work with. Everything is labelled for easy installation and the power distribution panel is the best in the business. In my opinion, the best part about working with Schneider Electric is the technical support team. They are always helpful, positive, and willing to help solve the exciting technical questions that arise during an install like this.”

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This large residential project was designed by Manfred Thyssen, System Designer from OnTime Energy Solutions, a California based, family-owned and operated business. OnTime has been providing Southern California residents with reliable HVAC and solar energy services for over 20 years.

“My decision to partner with Schneider Electric on this project was a simple one,” said Thyssen. “I have had a successful relationship with great customer service for over ten years with various divisions of Schneider Electric on several large residential and commercial projects. Schneider Electric has a great off-the-shelf product that could be expanded to fit the needs and demands of this project. A project of this scale will have certain challenges, but luckily the support and engineering team at Schneider are always available and ready to provide exceptional service.”

“Schneider Electric is delighted to work with Iron Edison and OnTime Energy on this exciting project,” said Evan Vogel, Director of Marketing, Schneider Electric Solar Business. “We have seen off-grid solar make a difference in locations such as California, and know it really changes lives for the better in so many locations in developing nations where it replaces costly diesel generated energy.”

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DER power couple: EnSync, Schneider Electric look to advance grid edge market

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EnSync Energy Systems, a developer of distributed energy resource (DER) systems and Internet of Energy (IoE) control platforms for the utility, commercial, industrial and multi-tenant building markets, will be working with Schneider Electric to explore technology and opportunities in the DER market.

After reviewing EnSync’s Matrix Energy System, the two companies identified areas of mutual interest for collaboration. Starting in June 2017, Schneider Electric and EnSync Energy Systems will jointly explore market opportunities and technology advancements required to best serve markets utilizing distributed energy resources.

“The grid landscape is changing rapidly and DER deployments are challenging incumbent grid operating models,” said EnSync Energy executive vice president, Dan Nordloh. “Both companies feel that we are in the early stages of transformational grid edge market opportunities. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Schneider Electric to explore these areas of collaboration.”

The growth in distributed solar generation enables decentralization of the grid and bi-directional power flows from all DERs. This provides an opportunity to integrate DER control and use it to the benefit of the overall electrical network.

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Nordloh continued, “We are transitioning from simple distributed generation into an era of integrated distributed energy resources, where renewables, storage, energy management systems and IoE control capabilities replace solar-only installations. These distributed energy resources are an efficient and economical way to solve the shortcomings of the antiquated grid network and benefit the asset owner, enabling them to participate in the capacity and energy markets, as well as provide ancillary services. Distributed energy resources are effectively virtual power plants for the grid network. We are excited to be exploring this market with a globally recognized leader in power systems.”

Navigant Research forecasts the annual market for solar plus energy storage DERs to grow to nearly $50 billion by 2026, with a 2017 to 2026 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 40 percent.

 

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Schneider Electric signs big agreement with Neoen, spanning three continents

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Neoen, the premier French independent power producer and Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, have signed a 750 MW Conext SmartGen multi-year framework agreement on three continents. The scope includes: conversion stations composed of 1,500-V inverters, medium voltage switchgear, transformers and complete monitoring and control system, as well as lifecycle maintenance services.

Neoen and Schneider Electric welcome this collaboration as a major joint initiative in providing more affordable and reliable clean energy.

Neoen decided to enter a framework agreement to secure electrical design, launch grid impact studies at an early stage in the development process, and leverage volumes. “We selected Schneider Electric after a global competitive process based on the best LCOE. Having worked with Schneider Electric on the Cestas 300 MW project we were pleased with Schneider Electrics’ level of involvement, responsive service team, and track record of their high performing operating plant solutions,” explained Xavier Barbaro, CEO of Neoen.

“With a global footprint and long-term commitment in Solar, Schneider Electric delivers projects and long-term service contracts for solar power plants worldwide in an efficient way, which will continue to benefit international solar businesses such as Neoen. We decided to set-up a dedicated service team to support Neoen and their EPC partners to increase reactivity and support in this very dynamic market,” said Robert Immele, Solar Business CEO at Schneider Electric.

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New Jersey schools look to save $1 million via energy savings

Schneider Electric signed three energy savings improvement programs (ESIPs) with New Jersey school districts that will drive more than $1 million in annual energy savings. The Delran Township School District, Pennsauken Public Schools and West Deptford School District have embarked on unique ESIP projects that will encompass a wide variety of energy efficiency upgrades across 21 facilities.

Schneider Electric inverters“Many school districts throughout New Jersey are challenged with the need to modernize aging facilities to meet the needs of today’s student populations while struggling with significant budget constraints that limit their ability to invest in their learning environments,” said Tammy Fulop, Vice President, Schneider Electric. “New Jersey’s ESIP initiative gives school districts a much-needed chance to embark on critical infrastructure improvement projects that will create optimal learning environments for students today and provide a source of revenue to invest in future programs that enhance student learning.”

The Delran Township School District faced significant classroom comfort issues caused by outdated control systems and poor insulation. To address these issues, the district will implement more than a dozen energy conservation measures including new air conditioning units, improved lighting and rooftop solar panels at the district’s four schools that will produce 75 percent of the district’s electricity. In addition, students will have access to hands-on learning about energy efficiency through kiosks and dashboards that will display energy usage information.

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The project will reduce the district’s annual utility bill by 32 percent, which equals nearly $285,000. The district also expects to secure $325,000 in anticipated rebates and incentives from the NJ Clean Energy Program and the PJM Energy Efficiency Credit.

“We are thrilled to be able to implement $4.5 million in needed capital improvements at no cost to taxpayers in our community,” said Christopher Russo, Business Administrator, Delran Township School District. “In addition to dramatically improving classroom comfort for our students and staff, our partnership with Schneider Electric will help us achieve the prestigious Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification, which will allow us to further reduce energy waste and free up budget dollars to invest back into our classrooms.”

The Pennsauken Public Schools project will impact the district’s 12 buildings and include more than $17 million in capital improvements such as LED lighting, building automation system and building envelop upgrades. In addition, the district will install new roofs on seven buildings and produce renewable energy through a solar power purchase agreement (PPA) that will impact nine buildings. In total, the project will save the Pennsauken Public Schools more than $500,000 in annual energy costs.

The West Deptford School District project will encompass more than $10.5 million in capital improvements such as LED lighting and building envelop upgrades across the district’s five schools, as well as new IT server and phone system power backup capabilities. The district will also produce renewable energy through a solar PPA and install new roofs on three buildings. This project will produce more than $250,000 in annual energy savings.

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