Schneider Electric has announced that it has acquired start-up climate-tech platform Zeigo to enhance the company’s digital capabilities in energy, sustainability and environmental commodity consulting. The acquisition will complement Schneider Electric’s portfolio of clean energy services and solutions and advance the company’s digital energy transformation ambitions.
“Zeigo is delighted to join forces with Schneider Electric to continue to accelerate the digital clean energy revolution,” said Zeigo founder and CEO Juan Pablo Cerda. “Together, we will bring innovative energy solutions to even more companies, to drive impact as they embark on their decarbonisation journey.”
Renewable energy procurement surges as net-zero ambitions reach tipping point
Organisations face increasing pressure to decarbonise as climate risks and global ambitions for an equitable energy transition accelerate. For the past 10 years, one of the most common and effective means for companies to begin to decarbonise has been utility-scale renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs). To date, organisations have voluntarily purchased more than 77 gigawatts of wind, solar and geothermal power via PPA.
The demand for PPAs is expected to grow as net-zero ambitions accelerate globally. More than 2,000 companies have already joined the Science-based Targets Initiative with the intention of mapping their decarbonisation aspirations to a 1.5ºC global warming threshold. A further 300+ corporations have joined the Climate Group’s RE100, committing to achieve 100% renewable energy in their operations. Taken in total, these commitments have led Bloomberg New Energy Finance to predict a shortfall in corporate renewable energy of 269 terawatt-hours by 2030.
Mind + machine approach advances the energy procurement process
Renewable energy procurement is time-consuming and complicated, requiring significant expert evaluation of projects and risks alongside the satisfaction of stakeholders up to and including corporate boards. By combining Zeigo’s AI capabilities with its existing best-in-class advisory services, Schneider Electric will deploy enhanced collaborative intelligence in the energy and environmental commodity procurement process, an ideal complement to existing Schneider Electric solutions for aggregation and digital platforms EcoStruxure Resource Advisor and NEO Network.
“As the world’s largest advisor to corporations on renewable energy procurement, we know that speed and complexity are two of the barriers that keep some corporations out of the PPA market,” said Steve Wilhite, SVP for Schneider Electric’s Sustainable Business Division. “By adding the Zeigo technology and team to our existing portfolio of services and solutions, we will be able to provide even greater value to our clients worldwide. My congratulations to Zeigo on this significant milestone.”
Schneider Electric’s command of renewable energy market continues
The acquisition of the Zeigo machine learning algorithm and 20-person team further contributes to Schneider Electric’s market leadership as the world’s largest and most experienced corporate renewable energy advisor. The company commands a leading market share in the US, Europe, Australia and emerging geographies like Brazil, and its global experts have supported the execution of more than 13,000MW of corporate PPAs since 2014. Schneider’s team has also been responsible for the development of first-of-its-kind, best-in-class programs like the recently announced Energize consortium for the pharmaceutical supply chain. Schneider Electric itself was recognised in 2021 by the Corporate Knights Global 100 Index as the world’s most sustainable company.