Eaton cut the ribbon on a significant clean energy project at its Arecibo, Puerto Rico, manufacturing facility where the company makes circuit breakers used in homes, buildings and industrial applications. The size of the clean energy microgrid system deployed by Eaton and Enel North America is a first in Puerto Rico, substantially reducing the facility?s carbon footprint, boosting energy resilience and bolstering community infrastructure. Eaton also implemented efficiency measures using its intelligent power management technologies to reduce its energy footprint.

The first-of-its-kind clean energy project in Puerto Rico demonstrates Eaton?s Everything as a Grid approach to the energy transition that enables flexible energy systems, supporting more resilient, efficient and affordable power. The project will generate more than half of the facility?s energy needs to help reduce emissions, offset energy costs and ensure resilience during grid outage events. The microgrid system incorporates 5 megawatts (MWac) solar PV, approximately 1.1 MW of battery storage and existing onsite generators.

Eaton?s focus on sustainability at its Arecibo facility is part of the company?s broad initiative targeting a 50% reduction in carbon emissions across its operations by 2030. In Puerto Rico and around the world, Eaton is implementing energy efficiency measures and optimizing renewable generation to accelerate a low-carbon future. The microgrid is designed to withstand Category 5 strength hurricane-force winds and provides added value in normal grid-connected operations by generating renewable energy that can be consumed, stored and delivered back to the local grid to reduce stress on the island?s utility infrastructure.

Eaton and Enel North America are initiating construction of a second microgrid at Eaton?s Las Piedras manufacturing facility to further strengthen energy resilience in Puerto Rico. Enel North America built, owns and operates the system on behalf of Eaton. Enel North America financed the project under an energy-as-a-service model, shifting Eaton?s investment in the microgrid system from a capital to an operational expense.

Eaton provided installation expertise and key technologies for the microgrid system, including its Power Xpert microgrid solutions and leading power distribution equipment. Eaton?s Everything as a Grid approach to the energy transition helps customers safely add more renewables and energy storage, transforming operations to become more sustainable and resilient while lowering costs.