In the United States , one the best areas this year from a financial perspective to build solar energy farms and projects is North Carolina. Even large solar arrays, after federal and state tax incentives are included, are showing relatively low payback times.
At the same time in the US, the military has an aggressive plan to move away from fossil fuels in an effort to improve what it describe as energy security. In line with both of these initiatives, Duke Energy has received regulatory approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) on Tuesday to construct a solar farm at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County, N.C.
The 13-megawatt (AC) project is Duke Energy’s first solar facility at a military base. Covering 80 acres, the facility will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Progress (DEP) and is expected to be online in 2015.
The project will enable the Department of the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to meet critical renewable energy and energy security goals as we discussed earlier, while helping Duke Energy further its commitment to renewable energy in the state.
Rob Caldwell, Duke Energy’s senior vice president for distributed energy resources commented on the project?
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.
The project will use approximately 55,000 monocrystalline solar panels supplied by SolarWorld and utilize GE’s Brilliance inverters.
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