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Schneider Electric Signs as Four-Time Solar Decathlon Sustaining Sponsor

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

By Carol Laurie

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is pleased to announce that Schneider Electric has signed on as a Solar Decathlon 2015 sustaining sponsor. A sustaining sponsor since 2009, Schneider Electric will provide the engineering design and supplemental equipment for our microgrid—a temporary, two-way power flow electrical system to interconnect the Solar Decathlon village and collegiate team competition houses. The company is also supplying the engineering design, hardware, software, and operation of the electrical microgrid monitoring system, which provides data for contest scoring.

Photo of a man looking at electrical equipment.

A Solar Decathlon 2013 collegiate team member surveys microgrid equipment used to power his team’s competition house. As part of its sponsorship, Schneider Electric has provided the engineering design and equipment for the Solar Decathlon village microgrid since 2009. (Credit: Amy Vaughn/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

“Schneider Electric is thrilled to once again partner with the Solar Decathlon and play a key role in helping educate the next generation of energy leaders,” says Jennifer Curtis, director, university partnerships, Schneider Electric. “Our sponsorship helps support the advancement of renewable technologies, raise public awareness of clean energy options, and brand Schneider Electric as the industry leader in energy management. We have also found that our Solar Decathlon sponsorship gives us access to the best and brightest students, who represent a talented recruitment pool for internships and full-time positions with our company.”

Schneider Electric will also provide professional staff to serve as volunteers during the Solar Decathlon 2015 public exhibit, to be held Oct. 8 through 18 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

“We are so excited to welcome Schneider Electric back in 2015 as a sustaining-level sponsor,” says Richard King, director of the Solar Decathlon. “I’m grateful for their generosity, expertise, and passion for this competition and our educational mission. We literally couldn’t have a grid-connected Solar Decathlon village without them.”

Schneider Electric demonstrates worldwide dedication to the Solar Decathlon. In addition to its support of four U.S. competitions, the company has sponsored Solar Decathlon Europe (in 2010, 2012, and 2014) and Solar Decathlon China (in 2013).

With a focus on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive, and green, Schneider Electric ranks ninth in the 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index.

If your company is interested in joining Schneider Electric in becoming a Solar Decathlon sponsor at any level, please contact Richard King or visit our sponsor page.

Carol Laurie is the communications manager for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

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