S&C and Lodestar Team Up on Two More Solar-PV Projects

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New Projects Will Produce Enough Solar Energy to Power 300 Homes

CHICAGO, July 14, 2015 – S&C Electric Company, a global leader shaping the future of power delivery, and Lodestar Energy LLC, a leading developer of renewable energy projects focused on solar-photovoltaic (PV) technology, have reached agreements to build nearly 2 MW of additional solar PV plants in Massachusetts. The companies’ combined five solar projects are projected to bring nearly 12 MW of distributed energy resources to the commonwealth, enough solar energy to power roughly 2,000 homes.

Massachusetts has been among the most active states in solar PV, ranking fourth in the country in 2014 with 308.2 MW of solar-electricity capacity, enough to power 50,000 homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. S&C and Lodestar are helping Massachusetts reach its goal of 1.6 GW of solar energy by 2020 by constructing highly efficient solar plants, built on time and within tight budget constraints. Continue reading

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60-MVAR Reactive Compensation System Helps Connect One of the UK’s Largest Wind Farms

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EDF Energy Renewables, which operates Scotland’s 144 MW Fallago Rig wind farm, relied on S&C to design and build a 60-MVAR reactive compensation system using S&C’s PureWave® DSTATCOM Distributed Static Compensator.

Read this new case study to learn how S&C’s insightful research led to a unique solution for EDF Energy Renewables that resulted in one of the world’s largest reactive compensation systems for one of the United Kingdom’s largest wind farms.

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Vertical Circuit-Switcher Helps Brazilian Substation in a Tight Fix

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A growing São Sebastião do Passé unit of a large Brazilian oil and gas company required new switching equipment and transformer protection at its three 69-kV substations, which it uses to energize oil-extraction equipment and to support the sites’ offices. However, it had a tight space in which to install the new equipment, plus a limited budget.

Read this new case study to learn how S&C custom-designed a vertical circuit-switcher that fit the company’s tight space constraints, and how other commercial and industrial customers with similar substation issues are benefiting from the experience.

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S&C Ties a 20-MW Solar PV Project to the Grid

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A solar energy services provider recently sought to develop a 20-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Southern California and connect it to the grid. However, connecting the project required satisfying two power purchase agreements with separate interconnecting utilities and all the requirements of the California ISO.

Read this new case study to learn how S&C was able to accomplish these tasks while providing the engineering, procurement, and construction support for the solar-generation plant’s collection-point substation and local-utility interconnection point.

Posted in Commercial/Industrial, Electric Utilities, Grid Connectivity, Grid Optimization, Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, Solar Energy, Substation, Transmission

FPL’s ongoing high demand for smart grid technology brings S&C Electric Company manufacturing site to Florida; Governor Rick Scott attends facility opening

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The addition of new automated devices is yet one more example of FPL’s commitment to building the nation’s strongest, smartest and most advanced electric grid

JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today joined Chicago-based S&C Electric Company (S&C) at the opening of S&C’s West Palm Beach manufacturing facility – a site that will turn out thousands of smart grid devices aimed at improving service for FPL’s 4.8 million customers.

“We’re committed to continuing to build a stronger, smarter grid to provide electricity our customers can count on in good weather and bad,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “Part of the commitment of having the most modern grid in America includes building relationships with innovative companies like S&C, with the goal of delivering state-of-the-art technology for the benefit of our customers, all the while keeping the cost they pay for their electricity the lowest in Florida and 30 percent below the national average.” Continue reading

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S&C’s ‘2014 Sustainability Report’

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Being “green” has long been a core mission at S&C. Last year, it continued to make progress toward its commitment to become a landfill-free company through recycling and other efforts, to dramatically cut the use of volatile organic compounds, and to eliminate use of hazardous air pollutants. And, despite facility expansion, S&C kept growth in its use of natural gas, water, and electricity in check—in some cases even reducing use.

S&C’s “2014 Sustainability Report” is now available online. It includes discussions and data related to the company’s efforts during the year to create a cleaner and safer environment not just for its employees, but for the community and planet as a whole.

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