Eaton technology to unify Solar-Storage Microgrid supporting Ohio Capital's Water Infrastructure

March 9, 2023
The microgrid features a 100-kW solar array and 440-kWh battery energy storage. Together with Eaton’s control technology, the on-site power can help Columbus continue to deliver clean water even during extended grid outages

A renewable energy microgrid will be installed at a water infrastructure booster station in Ohio’s capital city.

AEP Ohio awarded a contract to power management firm Eaton for the project at the Tussing Water Booster Station in Columbus, Ohio. Eaton will provide microgrid controls bringing together solar and battery storage capacity for on-site power.

"Climate change is already impacting quality of life in central Ohio, and the challenges stemming from its very existence will only continue to grow more frequent and more common in the years ahead,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “We have an obligation to strengthen the resiliency of our infrastructure and to meet these challenges head on. I am proud of the ways in which the City of Columbus is leading by example and embracing innovative solutions to ensure an equitable and prosperous future for every resident.”

The microgrid features a 100-kW solar array and 440-kWh battery energy storage. Together with Eaton’s control technology, the on-site power can help Columbus continue to deliver clean water even during extended grid outages.

The project is fully commissioned and should be operational soon.

“We’re proud to help AEP Ohio and the City of Columbus reach a major milestone in their journey to build a more equitable, resilient and sustainable future,” said Igor Stamenkovic, vice president and general manager for Eaton’s Electrical Engineering Services & Systems division. “This microgrid project is an important precedent that demonstrates how climate-friendly technologies can be applied to modernize critical infrastructure while improving people’s lives, the environment and the bottom line.”

The Tussing Water Booster Station microgrid project is partially funded through AEP Ohio’s Smart City program to develop energy resiliency for mission critical infrastructure. The city of Columbus also has a climate action plan to reduce emissions by 45 percent and install five microgrid pilot projects by 2030.