IntelliRupter® Fault Interrupter Ethernet Port Provides Communication Flexibility

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A non-utility company in the central United States needed a better way to manage and access communications devices without having to hire a qualified contractor and bucket truck to reach devices installed high on the pole.

Read this new case study to learn how an S&C external Ethernet port option on the IntelliRupter® PulseCloser® Fault Interrupter is helping this company maintain communication devices by bringing them down the pole for easy access using an Ethernet cable.

Posted in Communication Systems, Corporate News, Distribution Automation, Grid Connectivity, Grid Optimization, Microgrids/Islanding, Self-Healing Grids Tagged

S&C Brings Smart Grid Technology to Rapidly Expanding Community College

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In recent years, Elgin Community College in northeastern Illinois has rapidly expanded to bring new academic facilities to campus. Despite adding the latest high-tech accommodations, the school continued to operate off an aging electrical-distribution system built in the 1960s. This resulted in power-reliability issues and load-capacity constraints.

Read this new case study to learn more about how S&C’s solution helped the customer update its aging electrical system with the latest smart grid technology designed to improve reliability and incorporate high-tech system functionality and control.

Posted in Automatic Restoration, Communication Systems, Corporate News, Distribution Automation, Power Quality, Smart Grid Tagged , ,

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

Posted in Corporate News, Grid Connectivity, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Substation, Underground Distribution Tagged

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.

Posted in Energy Storage, Grid Connectivity, Grid Optimization, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy Tagged

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.

Posted in Corporate News, Substation Tagged

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