Duke Energy received regulatory approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) on Tuesday to construct a 13MWac (17MWdc) solar farm at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County, N.C. This project is Duke Energy’s first solar facility at a military base.
The facility is expected to be online in 2015 and will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Progress (DEP).The project will enable the Department of the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to meet critical renewable energy and energy security goals, while helping Duke Energy further its commitment to renewable energy in the state.
"We are excited to work with Camp Lejeune to meet its renewable energy needs as part of our continued focus to bring more renewable offerings for our customers and the communities we serve," said Rob Caldwell, Duke Energy's senior vice president for distributed energy resources.
Crowder Construction Services, based in Charlotte, will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. The project will use approximately 55,000 monocrystalline solar panels supplied by SolarWorld Americas. GE's Power Conversion business will supply its Brilliance inverters to be built out of its Pittsburgh facility.
(Photo: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Credit: The Official Website of the United States Marine Corps.)