Member Spotlight 5.9.14: S&C designs giant battery farm, GE lights up savings in Oakland, Microsoft helps transform Baltimore schools

Fri, 2014-05-09 06:00 -- SCC Staff

GE LED roadway lightingS&C Electric engineers Britain's biggest battery farm: Reuters calls it Britain's most ambitious smart grid project yet – a giant battery farm that will power the fast-growing town of Leighton Buzzard north of London. Council Global Partner S&C Electric has done most of the design and engineering work on the massive project. Some 240 tons of lithium-ion batteries are being installed in a specially designed building that sits above ground to avoid flooding from a nearby river. When up and running in September, the batteries will discharge enough electricity to power 6,000 homes.

Switch to GE roadway lighting will save Oakland a bundle: GE is helping Oakland, California with its upgrade of more than 30,000 street lights. The city will use GE’s Evolve LED Roadway Scalable Cobrahead fixtures. By doing so, the city anticipates it will save $1.4 million in annual energy and maintenance costs. “The program again proves that Oakland is a national leader in civic innovation, saving money and helping to protect the environment,” said Mayor Jean Quan. “These lights burn less energy, which means we’re reducing our energy bills and our energy use at the same time, and their much longer lifespan also means we’re reducing our e-waste footprint."

And more from GE: The Council Global Partner, in collaboration with Commonwealth Edison and UL, announced that its residential smart meters have achieved UL voluntary safety certification, making them the first meters in the industry to receive this significant mark.

Microsoft helps transform Baltimore classrooms: Together with Hewlett Packard and Daly Computers, Council Global Partner Microsoft is helping the Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) roll out 150,000 HP Elitebook 810 Revolve Windows 8.1 devices to all students and teachers over the next four years. It is part of the district's the district’s Students & Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) initiative designed to fundamentally shift teaching and learning. Just last month Microsoft  and its hardware partners unveiled a range of low-cost, Windows-based devices to help U.S. public school districts make the digital transition. With devices starting under $300, the effort is a part of Microsoft’s global YouthSpark initiative to empower youth through technology.

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