S&C inaugurates a 10,000 m² plant in São José dos Pinhais (PR)

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Factory received an investment of R$10 million and will double S&C’s manufacturing footprint in Brazil

São Paulo, September 16, 2014 – S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the future of power delivery, announces the inauguration of a new manufacturing plant in São José dos Pinhais, at Paraná State, Brazil. The new facility, in which S&C invested more than R$10 million, is 10,000 m², is equivalent to twice the size of S&C’s previous manufacturing plant in Brazil. This facility will have the first production line of Vista® Underground Distribution Switchgear outside of the United States and will have an initial production capacity designed to meet the needs of the region’s market. Continue reading

Posted in Corporate News, Underground Distribution

S&C Announces Strategic Alliance with XetaWave to Expand Grid Connectivity Solutions

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S&C Electric Company and XetaWave have announced a strategic alliance to develop next-generation communications technologies that will expand S&C’s capabilities to provide high-throughput, low-latency mesh radio networks for use in smart grid applications. These communication networks enable smart grid technologies to connect and communicate at high speeds, an essential component of real-time self-healing grids.

S&C and XetaWave’s work together will leverage both firms’ innovative connectivity technologies as well as their extensive real-world experience to develop new mesh radio solutions for power system applications. Click here to learn more about S&C’s existing grid connectivity solutions.

Posted in Communication Systems, Distribution Automation, Self-Healing Grids

S&C Connects 10-MW Texas Solar Plant Ahead of Schedule

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Around the world, the areas that typically generate the most solar electricity are also some of the most remote and hostile environments to work in. S&C faced these challenges when building the 34.5-kV/69-kV interconnection substation for a 10-MW solar farm in West Texas. Read this new case study to learn how the project was energized ahead of schedule with zero safety incidents.

Posted in Electric Utilities, Overhead Distribution, Power Systems Services, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Substation, Transmission, Underground Distribution

First Utility-Scale Solar Farm in Wisconsin

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The winter of 2013-2014 was one of the coldest on record, but that didn’t stop S&C from building Wisconsin’s first utility-scale solar project in the town of Jefferson. The 1-MW solar facility was engineered by S&C through their Franklin, WI office and constructed in less than seven weeks. The now operational solar facility is generating 1.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy annually. Read the full case study and watch a time-lapse video on the construction of the project.

Posted in Power Systems Services, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

S&C’s 2012-2013 Sustainability Report

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S&C has demonstrated excellence in environmental stewardship for more than a century, long before “green” became a universal goal and a household term. We’ve always taken pride in conducting our business ethically and responsibly, in a manner that’s beneficial for our fellow citizens and the planet. From using safe and environmentally sound manufacturing practices to helping integrate renewable energy resources into the electric power grid, our actions consistently reflect our commitment to sustainability.

The 2012–2013 S&C Sustainability Report is now available. The report includes discussions of S&C’s environmental, energy, and safety performance, as well as the products and services that we provide to customers to assist them with their sustainability goals… and the programs and charities we support to grow our industry and community. You can read the report online.

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Close to Home: Addressing the Energy Challenge Within the Community

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According to a new report from the Global Sustainability Institute, the UK only has five more years of fossil fuel resources, which could lead to much greater dependence on Norway, Qatar and Russia for energy. The message then – to develop home-grown energy – has never been clearer. Yet, this report comes at a time when the National Grid is struggling to cope under the pressure of new renewable implementation. To resolve the dilemma, community energy-based micro-grids provide answers that benefit the existing grid infrastructure and the local communities that use them, while helping the UK meet its renewable targets.

S&C’s Andrew Jones provides a discussion on this topic in a recent article in PV-Tech Storage. The complete article is available online.

Posted in Energy Storage, Microgrids/Islanding, Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, Solar Energy, Wind Energy