Eaton wins sustainability award for First Nations microgrid project in Canada


Intelligent power management company Eaton has received the 2022 “Social & Sustainability” award from the electrical and automation industry association Electro-Federation Canada (EFC). The company was recognized for its innovation helping AMP Energy and the remote Xeni Gwet’in indigenous community develop a microgrid to secure a reliable source of sustainable, affordable power.

“This project successfully demonstrates the potential for intelligent microgrid systems to help unlock a more equitable, affordable and low-carbon energy future,” said Steve Boccadoro, president of Eaton in Canada. “The combined expertise and determination of our respective organizations allowed us to overcome significant geographical and technical barriers to establish a powerful precedent in our world’s journey toward a more sustainable tomorrow.”

Built in collaboration with Xeni Gwet’in representatives and the project developer Amp Energy, the microgrid provides electric power 62 miles away from the nearest utility grid in Nemiah Valley, an unincorporated ranching community and First Nation reserve in British Columbia, Canada. The microgrid uses 250 kW of solar PV capacity, 1,000 kWh of energy storage along with Eaton’s intelligent microgrid controls to help sustainably power the community of more than 70 homes.

The microgrid is expected to reduce the community’s reliance on fossil fuels by 60%. Eaton also provided electrical distribution equipment and engineering services to support the project. Additionally, the company is working with other First Nations communities across Canada to implement similar solutions for sustainable electrification and energy resilience.  

Founded in 1911, Eaton is marking its 100th anniversary of being listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The company reported revenues of $20.8 billion in 2022 and serve customers in more than 170 countries.

— Solar Builder magazine



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