Duke Energy to build solar power facility at North Carolina military camp


Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is working with the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps to build a 13-MW solar power facility at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County, North Carolina.

The facility will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Progress (DEP),and will connect to a DEP-owned substation on military property.

"Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus set an aggressive but critical goal for the DON to produce or procure one gigawatt of renewable energy by the end of 2015," said Robert Griffin, executive director of the Department of the Navy's Renewable Energy Program Office. "Through an effective partnership with DEP, and once both parties sign the lease agreement, the project at Camp Lejeune will be another opportunity to bring renewable energy online, providing greater resource availability, and diversity for Camp Lejeune and the surrounding community."

Crowder Construction Services will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. The site will feature monocrystalline solar panels supplied by SolarWorld Americas, and ultra-tracking inverters provided by GE's Power Conversion (NYSE: GE) business.

The facility is expected to reach operations within the year.

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