Eaton, Tangent Energy Solutions to Build Solar PV Installations

Sept. 10, 2012
The 1.3 megawatt solar array at Eaton’s Beaver facility and a 200 kilowatt rooftop array in Coraopolis are said to be the largest in Western Pennsylvania.

Eaton Corporation and Tangent Energy Solutions today announced a collaboration to develop solar energy generation installations at Eaton’s facilities in Coraopolis and Vanport Township, Pa. The project will include a 1.3-megawatt (MW) ground mount solar array at Eaton’s Beaver facility and a 200-kilowatt (kW) rooftop array in Coraopolis.  The array constructed at Eaton’s Vanport Township facility on Georgetown Lane will be the largest solar installation in western Pennsylvania to date.
Solar power will contribute about 25 percent of the electricity used by the Vanport facility. Both arrays will provide Eaton with 1.76 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean electricity per year and will displace 2.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases per year, which is the equivalent of removing 238 cars from the road.
In addition to the considerable environmental benefits, the project is projected to save Eaton energy costsover the term of twenty years. Tangent, headquartered in Kennett Square, Pa., will monitor and maintain the solar assets for Eaton over the lifetime of the project. The project will also support jobs in western Pennsylvania through the use of local and regional construction companies.
“We chose Tangent for this project because they understand the more complex energy systems of large, industrial companies,” said John Vernacchia, manager, Renewable Energy Segment, Eaton.  “Their comprehensive solution will improve our costs now and in the future, while reinforcing our commitment to the environment.”

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