Eaton will supply solar equipment for 5 MW solar farms in North Carolina

Published on: Tuesday, 02 December 2014

Eaton will provide electrical distribution equipment and engineering services for two 5 MW solar farm located in Chocowinity and Bunn, North Carolina.

The company has been selected by O2 energies Inc., a North Carolina Independent Power Producer (IPP), the developer of the solar arrays with a nearly 20 GWh generation every year, enough to power approximately 1,200 homes and reduce greenhouse gases emissions equivalent to 2,900 passenger vehicles. Duke Energy will purchase the energy.

“Eaton is a global power management company and a trusted manufacturer of technology and equipment for the utility industry. The company’s strong expertise and broad solar solutions help create an ideal collaboration for our projects in the region,” said Joel Olsen, president, O2 energies.

The projects, both ground mounted, will use Eaton’s balance-of-system (BOS) solar solutions  including six Eaton® Power Xpert® 1670-kilowatt (kW) inverters and direct-coupled transformers, which are designed to help increase electrical resiliency in large commercial and utility-scale, grid-connect applications.

“With a proven record of successful utility-scale solar installations across North America, Eaton is well positioned to help O2 energies make cost-effective and reliable solar generation a reality in North Carolina,” said Ryan Whitmore, solar district sales manager, Eaton.

Furthermore, Eaton will also supply its 1,000-volt (V) Underwriters Laboratories (UL®) 1741-certified solar recombiners, which are qualified for reliable and safe operation in utility applications, as well as startup and commissioning services.

O2 energies is currently operating more than 50 MW of solar power plants in the Southeast US.

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