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New certification program will educate and equip U.S. based electrical contractors with comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy offerings, solutions and products

PALATINE, Ill. – April 19, 2011 – Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced the upcoming launch of its EcoXpert™ Program. The program is designed to help electrical contractors grow their businesses and increase revenue via training in installing and implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy products and solutions. The EcoXpert Program supports Schneider Electric’s commitment to a more sustainable global future by providing contractors with the tools and expertise needed to meet the growing demand for energy efficiency and renewable sources. Additionally this new program supplies both commercial and residential markets with reputable installers and contractors to ensure the most optimized and comprehensive intelligent energy solutions.

The EcoXpert Program is comprised of seven certifications under the certification paths of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The certifications allow contractors to diversify their businesses with new applications and increase revenue. The EcoXpert Program helps contractors to advise, sell and install a broad range of pre-engineered energy solutions across commercial, industrial and high-end residential applications.

“The federal government has set numerous goals and initiatives to encourage new clean energy standards. This, combined with public opinion, will drastically change the way we create, use and consume energy,” said Allen Breeze, Senior Vice President, Power Business, Schneider Electric. “As such, Schneider Electric is expanding both its knowledge base and offering to accommodate the enormous need for energy management across both the supply and demand sides of the power market. Our EcoXpert program is helping to meet the human talent side of this equation by equipping contractors with the competency, skill sets and solutions they need to take advantage of this market opportunity.”

The EcoXpert Energy Efficiency certification path offers five certifications, providing in-depth training in the components critical to achieving comprehensive energy management within homes and facilities – Lighting & Lighting Controls; Power Distribution; Secure Power; HVAC Control and Energy Monitoring. These core areas provide contractors with the requisite competencies to:
•    Use efficient lighting and lighting controls to reduce consumption and demand while providing energy savings
•    Enhance returns on system operations and efficiency improvements via applying power factor correction and harmonic filtering solutions
•    Achieve an ideal and reliable supply of power for critical power applications
•    Utilize HVAC control solutions to increase occupant comfort, lower consumption and cut overall operating costs
•    Optimize equipment and increase reliability via energy and power management systems, such as Schneider Electric’s Wiser™ Energy Management System

Reliable Controls Under the Renewable Energy certification path, the EcoXpert Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging certification allows contractors to capitalize on the demand for EV charging infrastructure by enabling them to become certified EV charging station installers. Participants receive education on solutions which are quickest to install, easiest to use and provide customers with a cleaner and more economical mode of transportation. 

Rounding out the Renewable Energy certification path, the Power Generation System certification provides contractors with the expertise needed to consult multiple market segments on how to deliver photovoltaic, wind and other alternative energy resources via reliable and efficient integration solutions.  As a result, contractors can optimize opportunity within the rapidly growing market for alternative energy sources – from which the federal government has aimed to generate 80 percent of U.S. electricity by 2035.

The program also instills effective communication strategies to improve sales effectiveness for each certification, as well as provide access to customizable marketing materials that enable contractors to improve the marketing of their businesses and their customer relationships. Additionally, the program provides tools to help facilitate site assessment and ROI estimates, as well as online resources and the ability to offer extended warranties* to customers after product installations.

The EcoXpert Program complements Schneider Electric’s expanding EVlink™ charger portfolio – a comprehensive line of residential and commercial charging solutions which certified contractors will be able to provide to both residential and fleet customers. 

The first two available certifications of the EcoXpert Program, EV Charging and Lighting & Lighting Controls, will be available on Friday, April 22, coinciding with Earth Day. The remaining certifications will be launched throughout the year, and updates on new available paths and opportunities to partner with Schneider Electric may be found at http://www.schneider-electric.us/go/ecoxpert.

*Extended warranty is only offered on select Schneider Electric solutions and products.

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of more than $26 billion in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.”


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