CHICAGO, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- S&C Electric Company, a leader in integrating renewable energy sources into the grid, today received a Green Industry Business Development Program Grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) for its testing facility, located in the Rogers Park neighborhood. To recognize S&C's groundbreaking Advanced Technology Center (ATC) and the resulting efficiency the company now has in product development, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn personally delivered the news today and met with company executives and employees.
Governor Quinn made a formal announcement at the ATC's generator room at noon today, followed by a short speech by S&C's CEO, John Estey.
The ATC is located in Chicago and is the first industrial building in the city to be Gold Certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The facility was built to achieve two goals: 1) eliminate the need to send product overseas for testing, thereby cutting costs, shortening testing time, and accelerating the development and delivery of solutions critical to the integration of renewables into the electrical grid and 2) illustrate S&C's commitment to energy efficiency and the overall improvement of the nation's electrical grid. As one of the most environmentally friendly buildings of its kind, the 43,000-square-foot facility features a green roof garden and complies with Chicago's Green Building Policy.
"S&C is dedicated to improving the energy landscape in a green and efficient manner," said CEO Estey. "The ATC allows us to more speedily develop the solutions needed for grid interconnection of renewable and thus accelerate the country's move to a smarter, greener grid."
In just a several months of operation, the ATC has already allowed S&C to qualify a new rating for Custom Metal-Enclosed Switchgear, which will present utilities with a superior level of safety for its operating personnel. It's also allowed for fault interruption testing on S&C's Fault Filter ® Electronic Power Fuse, a major advancement in circuit-interruption technology, as well as testing for other new products still under development.
About S&C Electric Company
S&C, headquartered in Chicago, IL, is applying its heritage of innovation to address challenges facing the world's power grids and thus shaping the future of reliable electricity delivery. The mission of employee-owned S&C is to continually develop new solutions for electricity delivery, fostering the improved efficiency and reliability required for the intelligent grid. Additional information about S&C is available at www.sandc.com.
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