Duke Energy plans to add more clean, renewable energy to its generation mix with the construction of a 17MW (AC) solar facility at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Crane, located 40 miles southwest of Bloomington, Ind.
The company has requested a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. If approved, Duke Energy Indiana will own and operate the facility, which is expected to be placed into commercial service in 2016.
The solar facility will connect to the electric grid at a Duke Energy Indiana-owned substation on NSA Crane property. It will feature approximately 76,000 solar panels constructed on roughly 145 acres in the southeast portion of the naval base.
The power generated by the solar facility will be available to Duke Energy Indiana customers and the Navy will continue to purchase power from Duke Energy Indiana.
"This project further advances our commitment to bring more renewable energy to our customers and we are pleased to again be working with the Department of the Navy," said Melody Birmingham-Byrd, president of Duke Energy Indiana.
"This project exhibits the Department of the Navy's commitment to renewable energy," said Cmdr. Timothy A. Craddock, NSA Crane commanding officer. "Likewise, it helps solidify Crane's longevity as a community partner, providing local and regional energy security through diversified energy sources."