Eaton provides power management for Minnesota community solar project

Power management company Eaton won a contract to provide electrical distribution equipment for community solar installations in Minnesota

Sep 11th, 2017
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Power management company Eaton won a contract to provide electrical distribution equipment for community solar installations in Minnesota.

Eaton’s solutions will help support safe, cost-effective and reliable power generation in three sites, including Taylors Falls, Randolf and Cottage Grove.

Upon completion, the community solar power installations are predicted to generate 70 GWh of renewable power annually – enough to power 7,200 homes.

Eaton received the contracts from Ecoplexus, a provider of development, design, engineering, construction, and financing services for solar energy systems in the non-profit, commercial, municipal, and utility markets.

The ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) installations are part of the local utility’s community solar program and will be interconnected into the utility’s Minnesota electrical grid, increasing the capacity of clean energy distributed throughout the state.

“The community-based solar projects in Minnesota will help meet state-wide renewable energy standards requiring utilities to provide 25 percent of their electrical generation from renewable resources by 2025,” said John Vernacchia, global segment manager for renewable energy at Eaton. “By combining the capabilities of Eaton’s proven power management solutions with the expertise of Ecoplexus, the installations will also help transform the way Minnesota municipalities produce and consume electrical energy.”

The project will incorporate Eaton’s solar balance of system (BOS) solutions to help support safe, cost-effective and reliable solar generation. Under the contract, Eaton will supply a range of electrical power management products, including grid-connection medium-voltage switchgear, power transformers and low-voltage AC collection panelboards and switchboards.

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