Schneider Electric and Huck Capital, an investment firm committed to transforming the utility model, have announced a partnership to deliver clean energy-as-a-service to commercial and industrial buildings.
The partnership, according to a press release, combines Schneider’s energy management and microgrid expertise with Huck’s sustainability-focused investment and operational focus, creating an alternative for building owners and operators who want to transition to renewable energy without investing in renewable energy assets and relying on specialists to operate the microgrid.
Schneider Electric will announce the commercialisation of the new offer in the coming weeks.
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Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Chief Innovation Officer for Schneider Electric, said: “Renewable energy, generated by buildings is no longer only accessible by a select few with in-house energy expertise and the capital to invest. This partnership will make decarbonised, on-site generated energy simple and accessible to a much bigger market.”
Small and medium buildings represent over 90% of buildings in the US and Canada today. In addition, a recent Wood Mackenzie study found that 600,000 buildings in the US, with a total demand of 145GW, could save money by switching to on-site solar energy.
Microgrids are the ultimate solution for companies wanting to ensure a steady supply of decarbonised energy while climate events like hurricanes and wildfires continue to ravage antiquated grid systems.
“Businesses want to maximise their energy independence and minimise their carbon footprint,” said Steve McBee, Founder and CEO of Huck Capital. “This model supercharges momentum for a zero-carbon future and provides customers the clean, affordable, and reliable solutions they demand. The energy transformation has arrived, and there is no better partner to meet the moment than Schneider Electric.”
Jeff Ubben, Founder and Managing Partner of Inclusive Capital Partners believes “the partnership of the Schneider Electric brand, team and products with Huck Capital’s operational focus on behind-the-meter solutions makes for a compelling opportunity. Inclusive Capital Partners is excited to participate as the lead investor supporting this partnership.”
The energy-as-a-service model simplifies what can be a very custom, complex and expensive process Schneider Electric says, by providing standardised, modular, pre-engineered solutions. An average commercial microgrid using renewable energy delivers over 10,000 tons of greenhouse gas savings over its lifetime, the equivalent of saving 21 million car miles. The new company’s pipeline projects 5 megatons of greenhouse gas savings.
The new company’s CEO Jose Lorenzo said, “We know in the current crisis companies need to conserve cash, and our solution will enable them to decarbonise and reduce energy costs- while freeing up capital to keep their business running”. Customers pay for resilient and sustainable energy outcomes at a cheaper rate without the hassle of investing in and operating microgrids.