Eaton to provide services to two 5-MW solar projects in North Carolina

Power management company Eaton on Dec. 2 announced two contracts to provide electrical distribution equipment and engineering services for two 5-MW solar installations in Chocowinity and Bunn, North Carolina.

The solar arrays will generate nearly 20 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of sustainable electricity annually. O2 energies Inc., a North Carolina independent power producer (IPP) that specializes in large, ground-mounted solar arrays selected Eaton for the projects. O2 energies is the developer, owner and operator of the solar installations. Once the projects are complete, Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) will distribute the power produced at the solar arrays through power purchase agreements.

“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.

“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 for Eaton.

Besides equipment, Eaton will also provide startup and commissioning services.

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