Duke Energy (DEP) is collaborating with the United States Department of the Navy (DON) on a 13-megawatt (AC), 80 acre solar facility being built at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The facility will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Progress (DEP) and is expected to be operational in 2015.
Duke Energy’s senior vice president of distributed energy resources Rob Caldwell notes, “This project strengthens Duke Energy’s commitment to bring more solar power to our customers, while advancing the Department of the Navy’s interest in installing more renewable energy at military bases around the United States.”
The facility will connect to the electric grid at a DEP-owned substation on military property. The power will be available to DEP customers and Camp Lejeune will continue to purchase power from DEP. Currently, Duke Energy purchases about 500 MW of solar capacity for its North Carolina customers.
Robert M. Griffin, executive director of the DON’s renewable energy program office, adds: “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. 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.”
According to Duke, “The project will use monocrystalline solar panels supplied by SolarWorld Americas. GE’s power conversion business will supply its Brilliance 2-stage Ultra tracking inverters to be built out of their Pittsburgh facility.”
At full capacity the facility will provide power to approximately three thousand homes.