Schneider Electric Receives Grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada to Commercialize Smart Energy Storage Solution Inverter
Sep. 20, 2016

Vancouver, Canada, Sept. 20, 2016 – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has announced Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) will fund the commercialization of its Smart Energy Storage Solution (SmartESS) inverter.

The contract with SDTC, an arm’s-length foundation of the Government of Canada, for the development of clean technologies solutions, will enable Schneider Electric to develop SmartESS inverter solutions in the T’Sou-ke First Nation, a native community located on the south shore of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island.

“T’Sou-ke Nation welcomes the opportunity to partner with Schneider Electric to continue to develop the role of solar power in bringing sustainable energy solutions to ‘on’ and ‘off-grid’ First Nation communities, as well as to our wider society,” said T’Sou-ke First Nation Chief, Gordon Planes.

The SmartESS platform is a transformerless, all-in-one, wall-mounted inverter combining a hybrid battery and solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter. This project will create a connected and integrated solution that provides increased performance, reliability, and simplicity at a cost lower than existing solutions. For this project, Schneider Electric, with consortium partner Rainforest Automation, will provide the cloud connectivity and energy management to the SmartESS to demonstrate it as part of project. It is ideal for T’Sou-ke First Nation because it has been designed to address the power and energy needs of residences, small commercial businesses, off-grid communities and energy service providers.

“The decentralization, decarbonization and digitization of our grid requires us to make greater investments in innovative solutions that can help meet the world’s energy challenge. We believe the development of our SmartESS inverter will be critical to advancing solar development in Canada and sustainability for future generations,” said Xavier Datin, Vice President of Solar Off-grid and Residential at Schneider Electric. “The grant from the SDTC will allow us to bring a reliable, powerful and environmentally safe energy solution to an area where it would otherwise not be available. Their commitment to spur the development and demonstration of innovative, clean technologies, such as the SmartESS solution, in these rural areas will benefit us all as global citizens.”

“Sustainable Development Technology Canada is very proud to support the commercialization of Schneider Electric’s innovative technology,” said Leah Lawrence, SDTC President and Chief Executive Officer. “This project will create green jobs for the local economy, increase efficiency in the sector and provide economic and environmental benefits for all Canadians.”

The grant builds on Schneider Electric’s commitment to driving innovation in the solar power industry and to developing sustainable energy solutions to ensure everyone around the globe has access to affordable, reliable and efficient energy. For more information about Schneider Electric’s innovative solar solutions, please visit

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Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€27 billion in FY2015, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

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About SDTC

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an arm’s-length foundation created by the Government of Canada to support innovative and entrepreneurial clean technology projects. Our portfolio of companies develop and demonstrate new technologies that address issues related to climate change, air quality, clean water and soil.


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