Utility & Grid Solutions

Gone are the days where businesses relied on one company or power source to meet all of their energy needs. The significance of finding a solution that integrates cost, reliability, and social responsibility is not only increasingly important but is becoming a core business driver. Today’s businesses are fortunate to have a variety of options when it comes to energy yet must tread carefully as they contend with increasing pressure to examine energy sources and practices. Conservation and sustainability rate high in the public eye thanks in part to continually shifting government standards and regulations. Reduced tolerance for outages, whether driven by storms or weather-based scarcities in summer or winter, represents a real opportunity to impact the organization.

What does that mean for your organization? Businesses must consume fewer resources while increasing efficiency, being socially responsible, and reducing costs all at the same time. Renewable Energy and Power Solutions from the Trane Building Advantage portfolio of offerings can reduce costs while improving the reliability of your energy source.

If you’re looking to go a step further and achieve energy independence, we can advise and assist you in transitioning your current grid system to an autonomous one. Additionally, your organization may be required to fulfill regulatory, marketing, or contractual obligations for sustainability. We can help you address regulations, and achieve and exceed standards for energy conservation.

We recognize the importance of clean energy. In fact, from 2009 to 2011, our corporation’s total Absolute Energy use dropped 672 billion BTU and our Absolute Greenhouse Gas Emissions dropped 122 thousand metric tons. That’s why we’re confident no one in the industry can offer Renewable Energy and Power Solutions quite like Trane. To date, we’ve completed over 5GW of renewable energy projects, including solar, cogeneration, and waste-to-power energy. Whether it’s turnkey renewable solutions or alternative energy generation, look to us for your commercial and industrial energy solutions.

Launched in April 2010, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (CEES) was created by Ingersoll Rand to further drive energy efficiency and sustainability into our innovation pipeline, manufacturing operations, and employee education initiatives.



For organizations that need to heat their facilities, use heat during production processes, or both, cogeneration offers the synergistic benefits of economy, reliability, and efficiency. Cogeneration is the process of “waste not,” where the waste product of producing electricity, usually heat, is captured and reintroduced into the energy stream. By using a single fuel source, such as natural gas, to produce both electrical and thermal energy, an organization can nearly double the return on investment on fuel.



Photovoltaic systems are more commonly referred to as solar electric systems, and they have never been more cost efficient to install thanks to efficiency enhancements that allow for more flexible placement. In addition, US government tax incentives encourage owners to compare solar energy to traditional energy as a viable solution for commercial properties.



Renewable Portfolio Standards across the US are expanding to include innovative options like biomass energy solutions. Made of byproducts from forest debris, agricultural waste, and scrap lumber, biomass provides a clean-burning, renewable source that fuels specialized engines capable of generating both power and heat.



Commercial and municipal business owners are turning to biogas as a ready source of renewable energy. Rather than flaring or simply burning it for emissions control, facilities utilize biogas as a renewable energy source for on- and off-site use. Combining biogas as fuel with the advantages of cogeneration turns a regulatory challenge into a three-part advantage by reducing costs, increasing reliability, and reducing the most harmful emissions.


Compressed NG (fuel switch)

Different fuels can power essential functions, whether cooking in a large kitchen or powering a school bus. Costs per unit of energy, or BTU, vary widely, as do system efficiencies. With the capability to review your business needs holistically, through the Trane Building Advantage portfolio of solutions, we can help determine which fuel or combination of fuels can best meet your business needs based on first costs and ease of operation to regulatory issues and total cost of ownership.


District Energy Plants

There are often efficiencies that can be gained with scale as well as reliability and redundancy advantages. With the Trane Building Advantage portfolio of solutions, we can help examine and implement solutions that provide critical resources like heating, cooling, or compressed air to several end-use points even when they are in different buildings.

Scaling up production and improving distribution can offer synergies beyond the cost reductions from efficiency. Trane can help deliver on reduced operations and maintenance cost, utility rate reductions, and even reselling of excess capacity.


Solar Thermal

Although many think of electricity production when they hear “solar power,” the older benefit is capturing heat from the sun. With solar thermal systems, Trane Building Advantage captures that heat energy and applies it in ways beneficial to your organization. This might be displacing utility costs by pre-heating domestic hot water or boiler feed water. It may provide pool heating or even hot water to power cooling systems or other processes.


Wind Power

Harnessing the power of wind has been a fundamental application of technology, whether moving ships, pumping water, or producing electricity. As turbine technology has improved and costs have come down, wind-driven power production has become more viable across a broader spectrum of projects. The Trane Building Advantage solutions give you the ability to examine wind power as an option for your needs while taking into consideration conservation, efficiencies, procurement, fuel switching, and other power generation options.