According to the company, this will accelerate the development and delivery of solutions critical to integrating renewable energy resources to the grid – particularly at the distribution level.

In addition, this testing facility also provides a location for independent quality and performance verification testing, which customers often require before deploying equipment on their systems. The ATC will also house S&C’s research and development offices, plus expanded polymer molding operations.

The company added that the newly completed lab has already proven beneficial as part of its research and development process in demonstrating how existing offerings can be improved.

The 43,000sqft ATC is Gold Certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). It features a green roof garden and complies with the City of Chicago’s Green Building Policy.

John Estey, president and CEO of S&C, said: “The ATC is a testament to our strong commitment to ongoing research and development to transform the delivery infrastructure that will power the intelligent grid.

“In just the first week of operation, S&C has already used the facility to qualify a new rating for Custom Metal-Enclosed Switchgear. This higher capability will provide an enhanced level of safety for operating personnel in the field.”