Schneider Electric and Green Energy Corp Team Up for Microgrid Expansion

July 18, 2014
The formation of a new duo – energy management giant Schneider Electric and software innovator Green Energy Corp – underscores that microgrids are a market on the move in North America.The two are partnering to offer what they are describing as a complete microgrid solution, from design, through development, construction, operation and ownership

The formation of a new duo – energy management giant  and software innovator Green Energy Corp – signals the growing market for microgrids in North America.

The two are partnering to offer what they are describing as a  complete microgrid solution, from design, through development, construction, operation and ownership.

“A key element of our strategy is full-service implementation of microgrids. With North America projected  to maintain its global leadership in microgrid capacity and increase its market share to 65 percent of the  global market by 2020, now was the right time to join forces to deliver a solution that is positioned to meet  this growing demand,” said James Potach, Schneider Electric’s senior vice president, energy and sustainability service.

A report by Navigant Research found that North America, especially the United States, represents the best market for microgrids globally. The research firm forecasts a $40 billion annual global microgrid market by 2020.

The partnership brings together Schneider’s expertise in distributed energy and advanced power control with Green Energy Corp’s best-in-class open source Linux tools. This includes its GreenBus 2.0, which enables new control features and improved return-on-investment  for customers.

“Our innovative open source software connects to any and all utility and client systems. That combined with our portfolio of patents and partnership with Schneider Electric – we are now able to create smarter, scalable and repeatable microgrid solutions,” said Peter Gregory, founder and chairman of Green Energy Corp.

Both companies said they already have an extensive pipeline of projects. Schneider, a company that had $30.8 billion in  sales last year, has developed and supported more than 250 advanced  power control and microgrid deployments across corporate, university and government campuses in the U.S. alone.

“Working with Green Energy Corp delivers a complete solution to the microgrid  market, enabling Schneider Electric to provide thousands of its existing and new energy customers with options not previously available,” Potach said.

Recently listed by Navigant Research as a “Top 5 Company to Watch”  in the microgrid marketplace, Green Energy Corp provides extensive engineering support and  development toolkits  for smart grid and microgrid technologies. Its new microgrid solutions provide improved financial optimization of distributed energy resources for corporate, university and government campuses.

In other recent microgrid news, Schneider recently invested $50 million in a new microgrid research lab in British Columbia. BC Premier Christy Clark described Schneider’s investment as a “vote of confidence” for the world and British Columbia’s green future. “It’s a big step in the right direction,” she said.

Interested in learning more about  microgrids – what’s boosting them and what could hold them back? Read our report,  “Think Microgrids,” downloadable here, free of charge, courtesy of  the report’s underwriters: the International District Energy Association, Schneider Electric and Microgrid Knowledge.

About the Author

Elisa Wood | Editor-in-Chief

Elisa Wood is an award-winning writer and editor who specializes in the energy industry. She is chief editor and co-founder of Microgrid Knowledge and serves as co-host of the publication’s popular conference series. She also co-founded, where she continues to lead a team of energy writers who produce content for energy companies and advocacy organizations.

She has been writing about energy for more than two decades and is published widely. Her work can be found in prominent energy business journals as well as mainstream publications. She has been quoted by NPR, the Wall Street Journal and other notable media outlets.

“For an especially readable voice in the industry, the most consistent interpreter across these years has been the energy journalist Elisa Wood, whose Microgrid Knowledge (and conference) has aggregated more stories better than any other feed of its time,” wrote Malcolm McCullough, in the book, Downtime on the Microgrid, published by MIT Press in 2020.

Twitter: @ElisaWood

LinkedIn: Elisa Wood

Facebook:  Microgrids