Companies with aggressive sustainability targets expand facilities in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) is staying busy as more companies choose to expand into the Volunteer State with a focus on incorporating more advanced energy technologies into their facilities.

Within the month of June, both Gap Inc. and Stanley Black & Decker have announced to upgrade their existing facilities in Tennessee.

Gap Inc. representatives revealed the company would be investing $41.7 million in its Gallatin distribution campus. The new capital investment would go towards technology upgrades as Gap Inc. expands its online fulfillment capabilities.

This would create more than 500 jobs at the center in Sumner County, further strengthening economic development within the community.

Gap Inc. has set ambitious goals to foster cleaner global business by revealing back in January 2016 it would reduce its carbon footprint by 50 percent from 2015 levels by the end of 2020. That announcement came after the company had already surpassed its previous goal of reducing emissions from 2008 levels by 20 percent by the end of 2015 across its U.S. operations.

To further enforce these goals, the clothing retailer released a statement following the current administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

“Gap Inc. remains committed to doing our part to act on climate. We will continue to work with like-minded businesses, NGOs and other stakeholders to support solutions that will create a more sustainable and economically strong future for the people and communities touched by our business around the world. It’s not only the right thing for the planet, but also the right path forward for business growth, job creation and human health.”

Stanley Black & Decker announced earlier this month the company would upgrade its existing facility in Jackson, Tennessee by investing $29 million into the location.

The industrial tool manufacturer will relocate new lines of production and product development to its facility in Madison County, creating approximately 255 new jobs.

Stanley Black & Decker has set sustainability standards of its own, by committing to reduce energy consumption within its facilities by 20% as well as reduce its carbon emissions by 20% by 2020 compared to 2015 levels.

Also for the sixth consecutive year, the company has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America. This list is recognized as a benchmark for investors.

Schneider Electric to Create Jobs, Open Regional Office in Franklin, TN

TAEBC member, Schneider Electric recently announced that the company will consolidate its existing Middle Tennessee operations in Davidson and Rutherford Counties to Williamson County, opening a major Southeast regional office in Franklin.

The consolidation will relocate approximately 900 current employees and create 250 new jobs. Schneider Electric’s regional office will be located at Two Franklin Park in a newly constructed 150,000 square foot space, which is slated to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2017. The workforce will be comprised of engineering, sales, R&D and corporate functions for several national and global business units.schneider-electric-logo

Schneider Electric is a global company that specializes in energy management and automation by developing connected technologies and solutions to manage energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable.

“The state of Tennessee has long been a hub of innovation for Schneider Electric, and we are happy to maintain our strong commitment to the communities where we live and work,” said Annette Clayton, CEO and president of Schneider Electric North America. “Our new facility in Franklin will be our largest office in the country, creating an environment that encourages collaboration with customers and employees. The facility will be designed with the Schneider Electric vision of workplace collaboration and energy efficiency and will create a center of leadership and excellence.”

“We thank Schneider Electric for choosing Franklin for its regional office and creating 250 new jobs in Tennessee,” Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said. “Many companies have selected Tennessee as a base for their operations, and we are proud they call our state home. (This) announcement is great news not only for Williamson County, but for the entire state as it supports our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~$30 billion in FY2015, 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Schneider’s connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. Learn more at www.schneider-electric.com.

To read the official announcement, visit here.

Download Today: Federal Financing Programs for Clean Energy

The Department of Energy has released a free resource guide to U.S. programs that support clean energy projects. The Federal Financing Programs for Clean Energy features ten agencies, including summaries and case studies, that can benefit private sector partners in finding capital for energy efficiency and clean energy projects.

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 10.37.23 PMFor every program listed, the guide identifies additional contact information to answer questions and provide additional direction.

Now in its third edition, the guide includes financing programs for both domestic and international projects. The guide includes programs from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, State, Transportation and Treasury, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Small Business Administration.

The programs listed within the guide are resources that can support clean energy deployment, and in turn lead to new investment, job creation, and additional benefits that can invigorate communities.

Business owners, homeowners, investors, policymakers, and others can use this guide as a “Yellow Pages” to federal programs. In some situations, the financing programs listed are specifically designed to support energy-related projects. In other cases, however, energy efficiency and clean energy are among many qualifying purposes for the particular financing program.

This guide is a companion to the Database for State Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (DSIRE), which provides state-specific information on incentives and policies to support clean energy and energy efficiency in the United States. More information on DSIRE is available at http://www.dsireusa.org/.

Additional information is available through the U.S. Department of Energy and its Clean Energy Investment Center (CEIC). More information on the DOE financing programs and the CEIC is available at www.energy.gov/finance.

To download the guide, click here.

 

TAEBC’s first Energy Connect event a success; Thanks to sponsor Bradley

TAEBC kicked off its new summer event series with an Energy Connect networking opportunity in Nashville at the headquarters of event sponsor and member Bradley (formerly Bradley Arant Boult Cummings) in early May.

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Left to right: Energy Connect event sponsor Chris Bowles with Bradley; Speaker John Bradley with TVA; and TAEBC President and Charter member Silicon Ranch’s Matt Kisber.

More than 20 TAEBC members and Bradley invitees attended to hear a presentation on economic development from TVA’s John Bradley.

Energy Connect events are sponsored by members and for members. With a sponsorship, members choose their event type and TAEBC promotes and secures attendance.

TAEBC’s Energy Connect gives members the opportunity to network more times during the year, increase the visibility of their business, and share expertise and information.

Energy Connect events can include:

  • Factory or facility tour
  • Featured speaker for coffee, lunch or happy hour
  • “Lunch and learn” style information sharing lecture
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Thank you Energy Connect sponsor Bradley.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events. For sponsorship info visit here. For up-to-date TAEBC events, check the calendar on the website.

It’s a Wrap: TAEBC Completes Filming of Advanced Energy Video Series

TAEBC has been busy the past two months, traveling across the region to film the organization’s first video series. Thanks to the sponsorship of TAEBC Charter members, Silicon Ranch Corporation, Oak Ridge National Lab and Strata-G, three videos were filmed in April and May.

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Strata-G President Dan Hurst, a TAEBC video sponsor, on set at Maryville College.

The videos take an up close look at the advanced energy sector. Titled “This is Advanced Energy,” “Inside Advanced Energy” and “Innovations in Advanced Energy,” the series features interviews with TAEBC member organizations along with action footage of production, research and development.

TAEBC kicked off filming with an interview at TAEBC Charter member, PYA. Past President Tom Ballard provided insight on what makes Tennessee rich in advanced energy resources and why the industry is a leading economic driver for the state.

TAEBC spent a day at Oak Ridge National Lab, capturing scientific and development aspects of advanced energy and how a concept moves from the idea phase to research to production. ORNL will be the focus of the third video in the series, “Innovations in Advanced Energy.”

While in Middle Tennessee, TAEBC filmed with TAEBC member, Bridgestone, learning about the company’s commitment to energy efficiency in tire production. TAEBC also spent time with TAEBC member, Schneider Electric, taking an in-depth look at microgrid development. TAEBC wrapped up its Nashville area tour at Silicon Ranch Corporation headquarters, hearing about solar advancements in Tennessee.

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Behind the scenes filming at Silicon Ranch in Nashville. Silicon Ranch is a TAEBC video sponsor.

We traveled to Vonore and visited with TAEBC member, Genera Energy, taking a closer look at biomass processing and switchgrass production. Strata-G hosted TAEBC at the site of one of its energy efficient buildings on the Maryville College campus and also took the camera along for a trip to its natural gas fueling stations in Sevier County.

Other members participating in the production include TAEBC members, Clean Line Energy and PHG Energy, who supplied footage to be included in the video series.

Thank you to all members for making the filming possible. TAEBC will provide sneak peeks and first looks throughout the year in the newsletter and on all social media channels. Photos and video clips are available on the Flickr and YouTube accounts.

The videos are anticipated to be ready for preview in early fall. A launch party is planned for all members and participants. It’s an exciting time to be a TAEBC member. Watch the e-news for more updates and information including a save the date preview invite.