ETAP®, the leading provider of software solutions for the
design, optimization, and on-line operation of mission-critical
electrical power infrastructure, today announced that the Company is
breaking ground on its own corporate campus microgrid in Irvine,
California. ETAP is the only known electrical power systems software
developer to undertake the ambitious endeavor of designing, building,
financing, and managing its own corporate campus microgrid.
"Because of our leadership role providing power system software
technologies for Smart Grids and microgrids for our customers, we've
seen first-hand the benefits they can provide for all sorts of
organizations, ours included," said Farrokh Shokooh, founder, president
and CEO of ETAP. "We're making a conscious decision, and a sizable
investment of resources, to broaden our knowledge of best practices in
the alternative energy arena. In making this investment, we are showing
with our actions - not just words - that we are committed to deepening
our understanding of the issues our customers face when they commit to a
Smart Grid or microgrid strategy for their organization."
Shokooh added, "This is much more than an example of a vendor simply
'Practicing What They Preach.' In a few months from now, ETAP
engineering personnel will have more hands-on experience managing
microgrids than anyone in the industry; and the expertise they attain
will be infused in our software development efforts as we create a
powerful new generation of grid management solutions."
The completed microgrid is expected to generate 180 kilowatts of
electricity. It will save the Company an estimated $40,000 to $50,000
per year in annual energy costs, while providing 12 car-charging
stations for ETAP employees who drive electric vehicles. The microgrid
is scheduled to be deployed before the end of July, when ETAP hosts its
annual, Global Partner Symposium for its technology and business
development allies.Once completed, a time-lapse video of the entire
construction process will be available on the Company's website.
Once operational, the microgrid will be controlled by the Company's ETAP®
Real-Time™ software platform, which enables on-line
monitoring, simulation and demand side management of Smart Grids and
microgrids. It will also monitor the building's power consumption
throughout the day, providing insights into ETAP's energy usage patterns
to help the Company lower energy costs.
Utilizing this knowledge will allow the Company to optimize when and how
it uses electric power. For example, the system will provide valuable
insights about grid performance, including:
As part of the ground-breaking, ETAP expressed its appreciation to the
following organizations, which have been instrumental in the project
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., ETAP is the global
market and technology leader in electrical power system modeling,
design, analysis, optimization, and predictive real-time solutions. The
Company's software technologies ensure that power systems are designed
for optimal reliability, safety, and energy efficiency; when deployed in
real-time mode, they enable organizations to manage energy as a
strategic asset, maximize system utilization, lower costs, and achieve
higher levels of financial stability. To date, more than 50,000 licenses
of the Company's ETAP and ETAP Real-Time products have been used in
demanding generation, transmission, distribution, and industrial power
system projects around the world. Visit etap.com
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