• Company to reduce its CO2 emissions by 1,018 tonnes per year
  • Plant to produce over 1.05 million units of electricity per year; help cut power costs by 20-25% annually


Gujarat, India, 28 July, 2017: Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced the commissioning of a 720 kWp capacity solar power project at its manufacturing facility in Vadodara, Gujarat. The solar project, built on a rooftop area of 6,000 square meters, covers almost 45% of the total factory load and will produce over 1.05 million units of electricity per year which would help cut power costs by as much as 20-25% annually. Further, Schneider Electric will be able to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 1,018 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to planting 50,000 trees.

The project demonstrates Schneider Electric’s commitment towards green manufacturing in India. This is the second solar project commissioned by Schneider Electric at its manufacturing facility in India. In 2015, the company had installed a 120 kWp solar power plant at its Bangalore unit.

Speaking about Schneider Electric’s commitment to green manufacturing, Mr.  Anurag Garg, Vice President Solar & Energy Storage, Solar Business, Schneider Electric India, said, “India has set a target to increase the share of manufacturing to its GDP to 25% by 2025 from the current level of 16%. While this is a welcomed move, there is also a need to mitigate the environmental concerns that the country faces. It is imperative that the manufacturing sector uses energy and resources efficiently and minimizes its carbon footprint. This solar power project is our endeavour to provide a cleaner and greener environment to the community in Vadodara.”

Schneider Electric’s modernized solar harvesting technology will help the company to maximize the energy output from the available rooftop space at the Vadodara plant and ensure minimum load on the roof by using light-weight material for construction.

Speaking about the successful implementation, Mr. Vivek Sarwate, Vice-President, Global Supply Chain, Schneider Electric India  said, “With renewable energy taking centre stage in all discussions pertaining to reduction of carbon footprint, Schneider Electric is totally committed towards supporting the government mission with its expertise in the solar segment. The successful commissioning of this project is a testament to our efforts in making our own buildings efficient and is a step towards creating a New World of Energy that is more sustainable.”

The Design, Engineering, Procurement and Construction for the plant was done by Fourth Partner Energy, a leading rooftop solar solutions provider with over 500+ installations on Commercial & Industrial rooftops across 21 states in India.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€25 billion in FY2016, our 144,000 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.


Denver, Colorado August 30, 2017 – Iron Edison Battery Company, a Nickel Iron and Lithium Iron Phosphate battery system supplier for solar energy storage, selected Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, to supply back up power as part of a solar installation in California.

This project utilizes Schneider’s Conext XW+ inverters in a system that will provide a residence with 61.2kW of continuous backup power and 166kW-hours of total energy storage capacity. and is a testament to the versatility and scalability of the Conext XW+ platform. The 61.2kW Conext XW+ Multi-cluster consists of nine Conext XW+6848 inverter/chargers configured to 120/208V 3-phase, which happens to be the same as the utility feeder for this 45,000 square foot residence.

The Iron Edison LiFePO4 batteries are compatible with the custom charging profile provided by the Conext XW+ system.  The batteries are kept full and ready for a power outage in this AC coupled system. The grid-tie micro inverters allow PV to reduce the demand from the utility grid, and can produce power to the critical loads even after the grid goes down.

“We have been working with Schneider Electric for years,” said Brandon Williams, co-founder and CEO of Iron Edison.  “They offer terrific solutions for residential battery-based customers, both large and small. From an installation standpoint, the Conext XW+ inverter and charge controller are great to work with.  Everything is labelled for easy installation and the power distribution panel is the best in the business.  In my opinion, the best part about working with Schneider Electric is the technical support team.  They are always helpful, positive, and willing to help solve the exciting technical questions that arise during an install like this.”

This large residential project was designed by Manfred Thyssen, System Designer from OnTime Energy Solutions, a California based, family-owned and operated business.  OnTime has been providing Southern California residents with reliable HVAC and solar energy services for over 20 years.

“My decision to partner with Schneider Electric on this project was a simple one,” said Thyssen. “I have had a successful relationship with great customer service for over ten years with various divisions of Schneider Electric on several large residential and commercial projects.  Schneider Electric has a great off-the-shelf product that could be expanded to fit the needs and demands of this project.   A project of this scale will have certain challenges, but luckily the support and engineering team at Schneider are always available and ready to provide exceptional service.”

“Schneider Electric is delighted to work with Iron Edison and OnTime Energy on this exciting project,” said Evan Vogel, Director of Marketing, Schneider Electric Solar Business.  “We have seen off-grid solar make a difference in locations such as California, and know it really changes lives for the better in so many locations in developing nations where it replaces costly diesel generated energy.”

About Iron Edison
Based in Denver, Colorado, Iron Edison Battery Company strives to continue Thomas Edison’s mission of bringing efficient, quality energy storage technology to the public. Iron Edison offers Nickel Iron and Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries as well as complete system design services. Their experienced team has designed thousands of off-grid and battery backup systems ranging from large-scale commercial systems in the US to rural solar PV systems for small mountain villages in Nepal. Iron Edison is dedicated to educating people about their batteries and solar PV technology at large.

About OneTime Energy
OnTime Energy Solutions is a family owned Southern California based HVAC, Electric, Solar, and renewable energy contractor.  The company takes pride in providing our customers the best solutions using only cutting edge energy efficient technologies. OnTime serves the commercial, residential, public and private sectors with a veteran team of engineers, designers, and field crews to provide complete turnkey solutions.

About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€25 billion in FY2016, our 144,000 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.


In the following blog, we’ll discuss how an installer is able to use the Sunny Portal Professional Package to remotely troubleshoot a PV system experiencing problems, without necessarily needing to attend site.

Anytime you need to return to an installation for troubleshooting costs time and money. But by using the Sunny Portal Professional Package, it is possible to do remote troubleshooting of an installation so that it may be possible to solve a problem with a system without necessarily needing to travel to site and conduct site troubleshooting tests.

What is the Sunny Portal Professional Package?

The Sunny Portal Professional Package is an enhanced version of Sunny Portal, which can be activated instantly by selecting it when inside the operating platform. With a Professional Package activated, a greater array or information is able to be collected from the inverters and displayed in Sunny Portal. This information can be used to help diagnose problems which may have occurred with the system.


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What can you see with Sunny Portal Professional Activated?

Once activated, the Analysis Pro tab becomesavailable in the left hand column.


SMA Analysis Pro

Once in the Analysis Pro section, a number of analysis tabs are available across the top.


Analysis Pro, Energy and Power

For undertaking Troubleshooting, the Detailed Analysis tab is often the most useful. It is possible to look in much greater detail about what is occurring with the inverter. Depending on the model inverter, and which communication accessories are installed, it is possible to investigate many parameters in 5-minute data resolution such as:

AC Parameters
  • Power (Generated, Consumed, Exported)
  • Line Voltage
  • Operating Current
DC Parameters
  • Insulation Resistance (Riso)
  • Input Voltage (Total, MPP tracker, Individual input)
  • Current (Total, MPP tracker, Individual input)
  • PV module (power, current voltage)

Analysis Pro, Detailed Analysis

Sunny Portal Professional Package Trial

It is possible to activate a 1-month trail of the Sunny Portal Professional Package. Based on SMA’s more than 30 years’ experience with PV systems in the field, the largest proportion of system problems occur in the first 60 days. By ensuring you connect the inverter to Sunny Portal and activate the Professional Package trial at the time of installation, you can greatly increase your remote trouble shooting capabilities and also minimise your Service related costs.

Measurement Capability

The following table provides guidance on what data will be available after activation of the Sunny Portal Professional Package (whether a Trail or a Full paid activation) depending on the communication to Sunny Portal.


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Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can transform their power sectors towards renewable energy, addressing the challenges of affordable energy and climate change. In this context, renewable mini-grid solutions, composed of electricity generators and storage systems interconnected to a distribution network which supplies electricity to a localised group of customers, are now cost-effective and viable strategies to expand electricity access in SIDS.

Now, IRENA’s online platform, Project Navigator, provides the tools and guidance to assist in developing renewable mini-grid projects, and introduces the best practices to assist project developers in preparing, developing, and operating bankable projects, particularly in the context of SIDS.

“Renewable mini-grids have been shown to reduce energy costs and environmental impact, increase quality of life and local control over energy used, reduce carbon emissions, and improve energy reliability,” explains Roland Roesch, a Senior Programme Officer in IRENA’s Renewable Energy Markets and Technology Dialogue team.

Addressing project uncertainties and challenges, the IRENA Project Navigator platform supports and guides project developers in the development of renewable mini-grid projects specifically. The new Renewable Mini-grids guidelines describes in nine stages bankability requirements to develop, construct, and operate a renewable mini-grid project.

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Developing a mini-grid project

“Project developers need to set realistic expectations and quantify project goals,” says Simon Benmarraze, an IRENA Analyst working on the Project Navigator. After having conducted an analysis of the context, developers should identify the key project activities with significant potential impacts, and create a framework for assessing any alternatives.

During the screening phase, a developer gathers detailed information on the project, and in the assessment phase carries out a primary decision point by establishing the appropriate mini-grid design.

“Mini-grids are generally a best option for islands, where the conditions mean a grid extension is not always feasible. Each island can bring its own complexity and often requires an entirely different solution, but mini-grids are an optimal solution for SIDS whenever the island’s energy demand is not fulfilled,” explains Benmarraze.

The objective during the selection phase is to rank the project options from the previous phase and to select the best project. In evaluating the project options, developers should base judgements on both quantitative and qualitative metrics. The following pre-development stage determines the mini-grid project’s final configuration and is when the developer establishes the project’s feasibility and develops models for discussions on financing. The development stage covers the design and planning requirements to prepare the financial closing of the mini-grid project — a crucial  stage in which a comprehensive financial model is developed, that includes all costs and warranties for a financial closing with investors and lenders.

IRENA’s guidelines also cover construction, operation and maintenance, and decommissioning. “Mini-grids are made up of distributed, small-scale energy sources and demand-side controls and are fundamentally modular in structure,” Benmarraze explains, “For this reason, mini-grids are not built, operated or decommissioned in a conventional sense — their lifetime is not limited to the lifetime of a single component or subsystem and, if properly implemented, can continue operation virtually indefinitely.”

Supporting island project developers

Over the last three years, IRENA’s Project Navigator has developed an islands module that incorporates several renewable energy project guidelines — utility-scale solar PV, onshore wind, solar home systems, and mini-grids — specifically for SIDS.

Mini-grid on small island“Mini-grids are an optimal solution for SIDS whenever the island’s energy demand is not fulfilled.” — Simon Benmarraze, IRENA

“Project developers need to be able to convince investors and lenders that their project is bankable, and therefore, need to be able to identify typical project risks, and to outline strategies to mitigate them,” Benmarraze says.

Putting best practices into action, IRENA will in 2018 organise with partners, several training workshops for project developers in the Caribbean, Africa, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, South China Sea, and Pacific islands, in applying practical steps for increasing bankability of renewable energy project proposals. These training workshops are designed to help project developers systematically and thoroughly plan projects and avoid pitfalls that jeopardize project success.

Highlighting other costless IRENA platforms, like the Sustainable Energy Marketplace, IRENA’s training workshops will identify 30 island renewable energy projects and support them into preparing bankable renewable energy project proposals — bridging the gap between studies and financing through practical deployment mechanisms.

SIDS project developers can already register their interest for the project development training workshops by sending an email to the IRENA Project Navigator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find out more about the Renewable Energy Mini-Grids Project Navigator module, register to the IRENA Project Navigator platform.


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