Schneider Electric Launches Transportable Solar Microgrid Product

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Schneider Electric today launched a new industrial-class solar microgrid, a containerized, transportable plug & play, transportable unit.

Called Villaya, the microgrid was unveiled at the 2018 Schneider Electric Annual Innovation Summit in Paris, which is expected to draw 4,000 visitors.

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Schneider describes the new solar microgrid as a product that overcomes the challenges of traditional solar installations, such as tying up land use for 20 years, creating long order-to-activation cycles, and requiring on-site construction crews and high upfront capital.

Customers can quickly deploy Villaya and have a fully operating solar microgrid that produces power in off-grid environments. The solution is designed for critical applications including emergency response, humanitarian/NGO programs, rural electrification, remote mining and construction sites, remote islands and at military defense facilities.

“By integrating some of today’s most advanced mobile solar technologies, Schneider Electric is able to deliver solar power generated electricity on the go… anywhere, giving us a first mover advantage in helping to improve people’s lives around the world,” says Olivier Jacquet, Schneider Electric’s global account manager for refugees, emergency & war sustainability development.

The solar microgrid will use PWRstation’s retractable solar racking technology.

“Villaya is a perfect example of PWRstation’s retractable EXOractm racking technology in action,” said Gianfranco Albertella, PWRstation chief commercial officer. “The ability to retract a 120 solar panel, re-deployable microgrids in a matter of minutes to produce 135 kWp of electricity is about to become the standard for off-grid applications.”

The solar microgrid technology is designed largely for commercial use. But both Schneider and PWRstation say they are deeply committed to also serving the humanitarian and emergency sectors. The team partner with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in providing various solutions to refugee camps throughout the world.

Join us May 7-9 in Chicago for Microgrid 2018, where Schneider Electric will participate in a special on-stage interview, “Growing Microgrid Markets by Reducing Risk for Customers,” with The Carlyle Group and Dynamic Energy Networks, Tuesday, May 8 at 2:20 p.m.

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Elisa Wood About Elisa Wood

Elisa Wood is the chief editor of MicrogridKnowledge.com. She has been writing about energy for more than two decades for top industry publications. Her work also has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal Online and the Washington Post.

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  1. I usually find your articles to be very informative, but I can find no data concerning this supposed product. Where is the press release? Where are the specs? A search using “Villaya” on Schneider’s own website yield only two results, neither of which provide any definitive information.

    The second-hand description in this article sounds exciting, and if it exists, I would hope Schneider would be deploying it en masse in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean nations if they are true to their humanitarian goals. Unfortunately, until I find something tangible, I have to designate this article as hype.

    • Update: I was finally able to find some general information using Google. Schneider’s website is a mess and they need to update their search engine so people can find information on their website. Again, they should have releases and materials ready prior to any product launch.

    • Mark Feasel says:

      Many more details will be available in the coming weeks. We sponsor the Paris Marathon and hold an Innovation workshop for our customers just prior, so we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to let them see this new offer in person.
      If you are coming to Microgrid 2018 ( https://microgridknowledge.com/microgrid-2018-conference/ ) we will be glad to meet with you to discuss.

  2. we understand schneider will be making a formal announcement to the press from Grenoble within the next two weeks.
    please stand by.

  3. The term “solar microgrid” is very misleading. We all understand that solar alone can’t form an islandable microgrid. It will need other grid forming generation assets such as storage, diesel generator and etc. Considering to use “solar – battery (fill the blanket here) hybrid microgird” instead.

    • Mark Feasel says:

      Good point Maggie – this offer has in integrated sodium-sulfer battery to allow us to form a microgrid. The use of sodium-sulfer battery allows it to be deployed in very high temperature environments without using air conditioning – which would be a significant parasitic load. It will also be available in other variants – (solar + diesel, gas, etc.)

  4. Mark Feasel says:

    Thank you for highlighting this launch Elisa. This offer is an important step in helping us achieve our vision to bring sustainable, resilient energy to people without access today.

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