Microgrids: Energy independence (and money saved) for companies

Microgrids and their related renewable energy can help businesses shave energy costs and bolster the aging infrastructure

Microgrids: Energy independence (and money saved) for companies
A drone's-eye view of Schneider Electric's Andover R&D center. Solar panels adorn its roof and parking lot car ports, which are tied into the microgrid.

At the end of a heavily wooded, sparse industrial park in Andover, Mass., sits the North American headquarters and R&D center for Schneider Electric, which earlier this month unveiled its own campus power microgrid.

The microgrid for the global energy management conglomerate is expected to produce 520,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, or 10 percent of Schneider Electric’s power needs. It’s also expected to reduce its energy costs by 20 percent.

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