Schneider Electric Solar Business, a global leader in solutions for solar power conversion, welcomed British Columbia’s Premier Christy Clark to their Burnaby, BC headquarters to officially open their new MicroGrid Lab.
“We are thrilled Premier Christy Clark was able to join us to officially open our new MicroGrid Lab” said Jill Tipping, VP Operations & CFO, Solar Business, Schneider Electric “Our new MicroGrid Lab is one of the largest of its kind in North America and is enabling Schneider Electric to realize its potential as a global leader in Solar.”
“Schneider Electric’s investments in British Columbia are a vote of confidence in our economy and our future as a clean energy provider and technology leader. Their new MicroGrid lab will help provide greener, more affordable energy here at home and around the world” said Premier Christy Clark.
The MicroGrid Lab occupies 15,000 sq ft of Schneider Electric’s Burnaby office; it contains 70,000 lb of wiring, 300,000 lb of test equipment and an 1800 point control structure.
The new MicroGrid Lab was built to support the design and testing of Schneider Electric’s revolutionary SE1 1500V platform. The lab allows Schneider Electric to test their solar products to all international safety and grid interconnection standards under a wide range of environmental conditions. Due to the very specific nature of the lab, much of the equipment had to be custom designed such as the AC simulators that were required for the testing facility simply did not previously exist as standard equipment. The MicroGrid Lab also has its own 5 MW substation and four AC sources, one of which is the grid itself.
Another great success of this lab was that it was constructed and commissioned in only four months an achievement for which Schneider Electric won the BCTIA award for Team of the year 2014. 200 people were employed full time during the construction of the lab to help with the engineering, electrical, mechanical, and trades.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications.