There are moments in life so special that we never forget them. Marriage, kids birthdays, graduations and even some related to work! One of those special work moments happened last week to our friends at Mainstream Renewable Power for their recognition by the Computerworld Honors Program (CHP) for their “Faster, Better, Simpler IT Strategy with the Smart Energy Reference Architecture” case study.

The CHP is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation and honors individuals andarnold and shaw organizations that use IT to promote positive social, economic, and educational change. Mainstream was named by CHP to be a Laureate in the Innovation category, and their winning case study is posted here. Mainstream won alongside NASA and Duke University in the category that “Recognizes organizations for the design and development of new technologies and/or the application of an existing technology in a new and unique way to advance overall human health, security or well-being.” Lofty indeed!

Mainstream Renewable Power richly deserves this recognition for its continuing efforts to achieve “sustainability as a business,” using an approach that aspires to be implemented by other companies seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. They’ve been incredibly successful in achieving their mission, operating globally with offices in 8 countries. For instance, they are part of the SMart Wind consortium with Siemens Project Ventures, an organization that secured grid connection for the first Gigawatt (GW) of its 4GW Hornsea offshore wind development of the England coast.  They also acquired the 67MW Syndenham project in Ontario. They have over 14,000 MW of projects underway in total, helping build-out the resources before providing them to utilities.

Mainstream Renewable Power was an early adopter of the Smart Energy Reference Architecture and it seems to have served them well in integrating their business systems to drive process excellence. They’ve used SERA to enable their sustainable business activities and accelerate their provision of sustainable renewable energy.

On page 27 of their winning case study presentation, Mainstream said it had invested in 32 Microsoft products to date and is in full compliancemainstream award with SERA. They have implemented Microsoft Dynamics CRM for customer relationship management; ESRI GIS Server for enterprise GIS; soon OSIsoft PI for data historian; and later Infor Asset Management for asset management. And slide 34 provides six ways that their information communications technology platform enables them to engage in sustainable business activities. They are all activities we blog about here, including minimizing energy consumption with their private cloud and managed print functions, reducing travel through collaboration technologies, reducing paper consumption with electronic workflows, ensuring that their PCs are energy efficient, and delivering value through strategic ICT partnerships by using the SERA roadmap.

Again, congratulations to our friends at Mainstream. We’re glad to have played a small role in your determination to achieve sustainability. Please see the links below which provide more details on the awards and Mainstream’s projects. – Jon C. Arnold

1. Computerworld Honors Program Homepage

2. Mainstream Case Study Summary

3. Full list of Case Study Summaries

4. Computerworld website