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Posted on 30. März 2010
Schneider Electric Meets Ontario's Local Mandate
Ontario, Canada [RenewableEnergyWorld.com]

Schneider Electric – formerly known as Xantrex – says it will be fully compliant and ready to deliver inverters that meet the guidelines of Ontario's new "Green Energy" strategy, the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program. Under that program, 50 percent of the goods and labor in a given installation must come from Ontario.
Many companies and organizations were critical of the local requirement, saying that it would mean that Ontario – with limited manufacturing in the renewables space – would not be able to scale up its program.

Many companies and organizations were critical of the local requirement, saying that it would mean that Ontario – with limited manufacturing in the renewables space – would not be able to scale up its program. However, in recent months, a number of companies have moved into the province, setting up production facilities there.

Schneider Electric was already well-postitioned to take advantage of the program, as it already had a facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

The manufacturing facility is fully staffed and functional, ready to roll out the existing 480 and 208 Vac versions of the Schneider Electric Xantrex GT100, Schneider Electric Xantrex GT250 and Schneider Electric Xantrex GT500 in August to be followed shortly by the 600 Vac versions of the Schneider Electric Xantrex GT100 and Schneider Electric Xantrex GT250 which will be released by the end of 2010 for shipment in 2011.

“We’ve worked very hard to achieve compliance in a timely manner,” said Rudy Wodrich, Commercial Vice President, Schneider Electric. “Our customers are a top priority and it is our goal to have uninterrupted delivery of FIT approved products available to them.”
12. Mai 2010
Schneider Electric enhances inverter uptime for customers
Burnaby, BC

Schneider Electric's Renewable Energies Business is excited to announce the newly improved Advantage Ultra Service Plan for Schneider Electric Three Phase Inverters field serviceable products. This plan, created in 2009, is comprised of three components: a guarantee that the inverter will be technically available at least 97.5% over a rolling period, a warranty extension beyond the normal warranty period and annual preventative maintenance visits. In the event that Schneider Electric cannot meet the 97.5% limit, financial compensation will be provided to the customer.
"We are more readily able to see the overall health of our entire fleet as we track the uptime percentage of all three phase units that are in warranty and act rapidly in the event a situation occurs." says Melanie Schilling, Senior Manager, Global Customer Service. "This means our customers are buying peace of mind. In many cases, when a customer reports that the inverter is down, it is due to something other than an inverter issue. This can include utility problems (localized brown outs), array problems (ground faults) and customer induced problems (someone turned the inverter off)."

“We are more readily able to see the overall health of our entire fleet as we track the uptime percentage of all three phase units that are in warranty and act rapidly in the event a situation occurs.” says Melanie Schilling, Senior Manager, Global Customer Service. “This means our customers are buying peace of mind. In many cases, when a customer reports that the inverter is down, it is due to something other than an inverter issue. This can include utility problems (localized brown outs), array problems (ground faults) and customer induced problems (someone turned the inverter off).”

Schneider Electric understands the importance of having inverters technically available and to stay above the 97.5% limit. To support this guarantee, Schneider Electric has enhanced troubleshooting capabilities and will visit the customer at least once a year to perform an inspection of the inverter as well as complete all required preventative maintenance. Schneider Electric monitors the status of every unit covered by our Advantage Ultra contracts in order to prioritize the company’s response accordingly any time a service case is opened for one of these inverters.

The monitoring report structure has been improved and now includes several new reports such as uptime by customer, uptime by site, and under performers. These reports enable Schneider Electric service managers to identify problems, enabling the company to provide more proactive service to ensure customer’s sites are operating with higher efficiency and less down time.

The Schneider Electric Xantrex™ GT Three Phase Inverters offer an easy-to-integrate solution for utility scale plants with competitive efficiency, which is easy-to-install and is backed by one of the best service programs in the industry. All inverters are listed to UL 1741 and IEEE 1547 and are listed with the California Energy Commission. With warranties available for up to 10 years of coverage, service contracts and uptime guarantees for up to 20 years, Schneider Electric Xantrex GT Inverters will help to maximize your return on investment and lower your total cost of ownership.
25.05.2010 13:27
Schneider Electric bestätigt EBITA-Ziel für 2010

DJ Schneider Electric bestätigt EBITA-Ziel für 2010

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Der Elektrotechnik-Konzern Schneider Electric hat sein EBITA-Ziel für 2010 bestätigt. Der Konzern wolle den Gewinn vor Zinsen, Steuern und Abschreibungen (EBITA) unverändert auf rund 14% des Umsatzes vor Restrukturierungskosten und der Integration der zugekauften Vermögenswerte von Areva steigern, sagte eine Sprecherin des Unternehmens am Dienstag.

Mit Blick auf die Übernahme des Stromübertragungs- und Verteilungsgeschäfts von Areva erwartet die Schneider Electric SA aus Rueil-Malmaison einen baldigen Abschluss. Dieser solle vor Ende Juni erfolgen.
21. Juni 2010
Schneider Electric makes being "off-grid" comfortable and efficient

Schneider Electric's Renewable Energies Business knows that it isn't just about leading the world in developing, manufacturing and marketing advanced power electronic products and systems for renewable markets. It's about the benefits their sophisticated line of products and solutions provide, and the lives that are affected by them, that truly make the difference.
"When you live off the grid everything is different and reliable power delivery is essential," said Rick Dunsmore, Goose Creek Renewable Energy. "We personally live off grid ourselves using the Schneider Electric Xantrex™ XW System so our customers know they can trust whatever we install for them.

“When you live off the grid everything is different and reliable power delivery is essential,” said Rick Dunsmore, Goose Creek Renewable Energy. “We personally live off grid ourselves using the Schneider Electric Xantrex™ XW System so our customers know they can trust whatever we install for them. We have many fantastic off-grid customer success stories as a result of installing Schneider Electric solutions including the Xantrex XW System.”

Goose Creek Renewable Energy is a family owned and operated business that provides and installs hybrid renewable energy systems for electrical power. This includes, but is not limited to, wind generation and solar power to remote livestock watering wells or dugouts, telecom communication towers as well as rural and urban residences. Goose Creek Renewable Energy can also augment schools and businesses with solar hot water or the conematic non-condensing boiler systems.

“One of our favorite installations is in Southbank, British Columbia where we installed a Xantrex XW system from our primary supplier, Schneider Electric’s Renewable Energies Business,” said Rick Dunsmore. “Two years ago we swapped out a complete system from one of Schneider Electric’s competitors and replaced it with a stacked Xantrex XW System and the people think we walk on water. Our customer had experienced years of reliability issues with their old system. The reliability of the Xantrex XW System allowed the farm owner to take their first vacation in years as well as saving them $33.00 CAD a day on fuel.”

Goose Creek Renewable Energy has also installed systems in some of the largest and most pristine ranches in Western and Central Canada with equal success. At a ranch south of Burns Lake, British Columbia they installed a full Xantrex XW System and reduced their customer’s fuel bill by 75 percent.

Goose Creek Renewable Energy uses Schneider Electric inverters and equipment on all of their off-grid applications because the inverters do the job they were designed for,” said Rick Dunsmore. “The Xantrex XW system is easy to expand and the system is aesthetically pleasing when fully assembled. Goose Creek Renewable Energy has done so many installations it is hard to quantify but they are very satisfied with Schneider Electric’s Renewable Energies Business and have no plans on changing suppliers.
13.07.2010 14:36
PowerSecure and Schneider Electric Partner to Bring Smart Grid Solutions to Hospitals

PowerSecure International, Inc. (Nasdaq: POWR) today announced it has established a partnership with Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, to bring its Interactive Distributed Generation® smart grid power systems to hospitals.

Under the terms of this new partnership, Schneider Electric will offer hospitals across North America PowerSecure's Interactive Distributed Generation (IDG®) power systems. PowerSecure's proven, industry-leading IDG technology, in partnership with local utilities, enables hospitals to 1) make their operations more efficient by utilizing their idle backup power systems during high-cost peak electricity demand, 2) extend and upgrade their backup power systems due to the energy savings IDG systems can deliver, and 3) benefit from PowerSecure's proprietary monitoring and control systems, which are electronically connected to PowerSecure's Smart Grid Monitoring Center, ensuring that the delivery of more efficient power is optimized, and that backup power is ready to support hospital facilities around-the-clock.

"We are in an excellent position to help our healthcare customers understand and use their energy as an asset, not as a liability," said James Anderson, Vice President, Smart Grid Programs, Schneider Electric. "This partnership with PowerSecure allows us to implement a demand management strategy with our healthcare customers and further enhances our ability to help hospitals and other healthcare facilities understand the opportunities and risks inherent in the smart grid."

Sidney Hinton, CEO of PowerSecure, said, "We are excited about this new partnership with Schneider Electric. Their reputation in the marketplace is impeccable, and they have built strong, trusting relationships with thousands of healthcare companies. Their breadth and expertise in this category is second to none. We are looking forward to working with Schneider Electric to make our IDG smart grid power systems available to an expanded number of hospital customers through this partnership."

About PowerSecure

PowerSecure International, Inc. is a leading provider of Energy and Smart Grid Solutions to electric utilities, and their commercial, institutional, and industrial customers, as well as Energy Services to the oil and natural gas industry. PowerSecure's Energy and Smart Grid Solutions businesses provide products and services in the areas of Energy Efficiency, Interactive Distributed Generation, and Utility Infrastructure. The Company is a pioneer in developing Interactive Distributed Generation® systems with sophisticated, proactive smart grid capabilities, including the ability to 1) forecast peak electricity demand and electronically deploy the systems to deliver more efficient, and environmentally friendly power, 2) provide utilities with dedicated electric power generation assets for their demand response needs, and 3) provide customers with the most dependable standby power in the industry. The Company's Energy Efficiency business provides customers with energy efficient LED-based lighting technologies that deliver improved quality of light with strong returns on investment, including its proprietary EfficientLights lighting products for grocery, drug, and convenience stores, and its LED based street and area light product for utilities and municipalities. PowerSecure also provides utilities with utility infrastructure products and services, including transmission and distribution construction and maintenance, engineering and design services, and regulatory consulting. The Company provides Energy Services to the oil and natural gas industry through its Southern Flow and WaterSecure business units. Additional information is available at www.powersecure.com.
Schneider Wins Contract to Build 43-Megawatt Solar Park in Italy
BLOOMBERG - Schneider Electric SA, the world’s largest maker of low-voltage equipment, won a contract to build AES Solar Energy Ltd.’s Cellino San Marco photovoltaic project in Puglia, southern Italy.

The French company will build, operate and maintain the solar park as main contractor, it said in a statement. No financial details were available.

The contract was awarded by AES Solar, a joint venture between U.S.-based power producer AES Corp. and private equity firm Riverstone Holdings LLC.
18.10.2010, 12:58
Geschäft mit Energiespartechnik
Schneider Electric legt sich mit Siemens an

Der Name klingt zwar deutsch, aber in Deutschland ist der französische Elektrotechnikkonzern Schneider kaum bekannt. Das soll sich nun ändern - mit Produkten zur effektiven Nutzung von Energie. Einer der großen Rivalen: der urdeutsche Konzern Siemens.

von Kathrin Werner Hamburg

Der Elektrotechnikkonzern Schneider Electric plant einen großen Aufschlag im zersplitterten deutschen Markt für Energiesparprodukte. Die Franzosen wollen den politischen Rückenwind nutzen, um ihren Umsatz im Nachbarland deutlich zu steigern. "Deutschland steht bei uns im Moment sehr stark im Fokus. Wir haben sehr ehrgeizige Wachstumspläne", sagte Deutschlandchefin Rada Rodriguez der FTD.
Der Umsatz soll in diesem Jahr hierzulande um mehr als zehn Prozent auf rund 1 Mrd. Euro wachsen. "Die Pläne für 2011 sind noch aggressiver" , sagte sie. In Deutschland ist der Konzern trotz eines Gesamtumsatzes von zuletzt 15,8 Mrd. Euro nahezu unbekannt.

Hunderte Unternehmen versuchen, mit dem Schlagwort Energieeffizienz ihre Produkte zu verkaufen - von der Energiesparlampe bis zur Wärmedämmung für Gebäude. Ein Treiber für den Rummel sind die Klimaziele der Bundesregierung. Dabei wird die Politik ihre Pläne nur erreichen können, wenn sie Energiesparen fördert. "Die Bundesregierung wird den Markt für Energiedienstleistungen konsequent entwickeln und fördern", heißt es im Ende September veröffentlichten Energiekonzept. Die EU will den Energieverbrauch bis 2020 um 20 Prozent senken.

Der Markt für Energiemanagement, also für sparsamen Umgang mit Energie, wachse rapide, heißt es entsprechend in einer Studie der Fondsgesellschaft Dexia Asset Management. Je nach Entwicklung des Ölpreises wird das Marktvolumen laut dem Schneider-Rivalen Veolia Environnement im Jahr 2020 zwischen 69 Mrd. Euro und 103 Mrd. Euro liegen.

Schneider setzt hier an und hat sich auf das Energiemanagement spezialisiert. Der Konzern bietet für Bürogebäude, Rechenzentren, Fabriken oder Privathäuser Produkte wie Zeitschaltuhren, Schaltgeräte, Beleuchtung oder Klimaanlagen.
Am liebsten verkaufen die Franzosen ein Komplettpaket, das möglichst viel Energie sparen soll. "Noch ist der Markt für Energieeffizienz eher eine Vision, aber er wird sehr schnell kommen", sagte die Managerin. Die Nachfrage wachse aber bereits, weil - vor allem in Deutschland - das Umweltbewusstsein steige. "Energieeffizienz wird ein riesiges Geschäft, weil das politisch so gewollt ist", so Rodriguez.
Ob Schneider Electric tatsächlich so schnell in Deutschland vorankommen wie geplant, ist jedoch fraglich. Zum einen ist der Markt in Deutschland eng mit meist mittelständischen Anbietern besetzt, die relativ schnell auf neue Herausforderungen reagieren können. Zum anderen hängt viel an den Preisen für Öl, Strom und Gas.

So werde der Markt erst richtig in Schwung kommen, wenn die Energiepreise deutlich steigen, so Rodriguez. Die wachsende Nachfrage aus Schwellenländern werde die Preise aber hochtreiben. Erst dann rentieren sich für Firmen Investitionen in Sparmaßnahmen. "Nur durch Politik wird man das nicht vorantreiben können. Energiesparen muss auch wirtschaftlich sein", so die Managerin.

Schneiders Vorteil, so Rodriguez, sei, dass der Konzern unterschiedliche Energieeffizienzprodukte anbietet und verbinden könne. "Unsere großen Konkurrenten sind natürlich Siemens und ABB , aber es gibt auf der anderen Seite auch kleinere, deutsche Spezialisten, die sehr stark sind." Schneider will schneller als die großen Konzerne reagieren und sieht daher bei Kunden der Mischkonzerne Potenzial. "Wir rechnen damit, dass wir Siemens und ABB Kunden abknöpfen können.
Jan 18 (Reuters) - Schneider Electric SA:

* Recalls xantrex gt series grid tie solar inverters due to injury Hazard

* US cpsc- about 25,000 units recalled

* US cpsc- no injuries or property damage have been reported

* US cpsc- Schneider Electric has received five reports of wiring compartment

covers being blown off
Schneider Electric Acquires SmartLink Network Systems
April 03, 2011 | about: SBGSF.PK

by Michael Kanellos

Schneider Electric's (SBGSF.PK) India subsidiary has bought the core business of SmartLink Network Systems, the latest in a series of transactions for Schneider and the electrical equipment world in general.

Schneider bought the cabling group inside of Mumbai-based SmartLink for $112 million, according to, among others, the Financial Times. The DigiLink cabling business accounts for around a total of 90 percent of SmartLink overall. The cash infusion will allow SmartLink to concentrate on its networking products.

Four years ago, most VCs and Silicon Valley execs didn't think much about Schneider or ABB and many probably didn't know what they did. Times have changed. The global emphasis on energy efficiency and bringing intelligence to the grid has set off an acquisition spree and multinationals like Schneider and ABB (ABB)--along with General Electric (GE), Siemens (SI), Johnson Controls (JCI) and Honeywell (HON)--have become the most visible acquirers.

Acquisitions in this market have been predicted by many and make perfect sense. The vast majority of the equipment and service offerings in this area--transformers, efficiency services, building management equipment--get sold to utilities and large multinationals, and utilities and large multinationals are conservative. They want to deal with companies with extensive track records and worldwide offices for global support.

Age, depth and worldwide coverage is something all of those companies above understand: every one of the names above can trace back their roots to the 19th Century and the dawn of the electric age. One of the few major players in this acquisition race that doesn't go back centuries is EnerNoc.

Each company is pursuing an individual strategy. Some, like Johnson Controls, will emphasize end-user equipment like building management services. Others will focus more on infrastructure. But when you take a step back, the overall strategy of many is to build a comprehensive portfolio that can include nearly everything from demand response and home networking to pieces of industrial gear that cost millions. Look at Schneider: in the past year it has come out with home energy management systems (which will be sold through utilities) and car charging stations. Those are consumer-facing applications from a company largely unknown to consumers.

Last week, GE announced it would buy Converteam for $3.2 billion, which makes power conversion equipment. Earlier in January, GE bought Lineage Power Holdings, which makes efficient AC/DC equipment for large organizations, for $520 million. The two acquisitions are part of about $11 billion in purchases by GE Energy.

A few days ago, Schneider Electric bought Summit Energy for $268 million, and before that, it bought two building management companies. A few years back, the company bought APC, one of the leaders in power conversion and uniterruptible power supplies. We did an interview with the CEO of Schneider U.S. Chris Curtis. Take a read.

Meanwhile, ABB bought Baldor Electric (efficient motors) for $4.2 billion, virtual power plant developer Ventyx for $1 billion, and Insert Key Solutions, which specializes in asset management software. And Ventyx, as an independent ABB subsidiary, recently bought Obvient.

A few days before that, IBM (IBM) --another company name that Rutherford B. Hayes would likely recognize--bought Tririga, which specializes in building management. Also this year, Johnson Controls bought EnergyConnect, which specializes in demand response services.

Startups are in the hunt too. Serious Materials got into building management last year by snapping up Valence Energy, which had just emerged out of Santa Clara University. EnerNoc (ENOC), meanwhile, has bought ten companies as part of its expansion plan.

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