Eaton to provide services for solar project at U.S. Army base in Kentucky

Power management company Eaton on May 20 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 that will help the U.S. Army reduce operating costs while contributing to the renewable energy goals and energy independence. Once complete, the solar array is expected to annually produce approximately 2,466 megawatt-hours of sustainable electricity.

The project is a result of collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, and Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. Eaton received the contracts from Pennyrile, and will support the installation through engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) services as well as a range of electrical balance of system (BOS) solutions.

“The solar project at Fort Campbell will help address the presidential mandate for federal agencies to meet 20 percent of their electricity needs through renewable energy sources by 2020,” said John Stampfel, vice president and general manager for the Electrical Engineering Services and Systems Division at Eaton. “With expert engineering resources and an expansive portfolio power management solutions, Eaton is well positioned to help the U.S. Army’s achieve its net zero energy goal through the development of secure, domestic and renewable energy resources.”

The U.S. Army is leveraging a utility energy service contract (UESC) with Pennyrile and a $3.1 million state grant to implement the first phase of the renewable energy project at Fort Campbell. Located on 20 acres of retired landfill, the first phase of the project is expected to be complete in September of this year.

This follows a previously-issued contract to provide photovoltaic (PV) system design for the project at Fort Campbell. Under the latest contract, Eaton will help maximize energy harvest and simplify maintenance through the provision of power management solutions. To enhance reliability and safety, Eaton will also provide construction services, electrical system commissioning and staff training.

Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative serves more than 47,000 members in parts of nine counties, which include Christian, Trigg, Logan, Todd, Muhlenberg, Lyon, Caldwell, Butler and Simpson. The utility maintains 5,066 miles of distribution line supported by 99,317 poles, and is one of 155 municipals and electric cooperatives served by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of $22.6 billion. It has about 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

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