Eaton announced multiple contracts to provide engineering services, a solar inverter and electrical distribution equipment for a 1.9 MW solar project at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The project is the first phase of a planned 5 MW solar array at the US Army location. Once complete, the solar array is expected to annually produce about 2,466 MWh.
The project is a result of collaboration between the US Department of Energy, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, and Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative. Eaton received the contracts from Pennyrile and will support the installation through engineering, procurement and construction services as well as a range of electrical balance of system solutions.
The Army is leveraging a utility energy service contract with Pennyrile and a $3.1 million state grant to implement the first phase of the project at Fort Campbell, which is expected to be complete in September 2015.
Eaton will help maximize energy harvest and simplify maintenance through the provision of power management, including: a Power Xpert 1670-kW solar inverter and direct-coupled, Cooper Power series transformer; medium-voltage, metal-enclosed switchgear; 1000 Vdc Crouse-Hinds series solar combiner boxes; B-Line series cable tray solutions; and PVGard web-based monitoring to oversee the power generated by the solar array. To enhance reliability and safety, Eaton will also provide construction services, electrical system commissioning and staff training.