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CHIPS Articles: DON, Duke Energy Sign Lease to Establish Solar Footprint in Indiana

DON, Duke Energy Sign Lease to Establish Solar Footprint in Indiana
By Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment - January 11, 2016
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy (DON) and Duke Energy signed a real estate out grant to develop a 24 megawatt (MW) direct current (DC) (17 MW alternating current) solar facility on base at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Crane, Indiana.

The facility will be one of the largest in Indiana.

This facility is the second solar project on which the DON and Duke Energy have collaborated. In July 2015, the DON and Duke Energy broke ground on a 17 MW DC solar facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Duke Energy will build, own, operate and maintain the solar facility in Crane. The facility at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Crane will generate energy that will flow to the external grid for consumption by Duke Energy's customers.

The lease agreement gives Duke Energy access to approximately 145 acres for 30 years. In exchange for the land, NSA Crane will receive in-kind considerations in the form of electrical infrastructure upgrades, including equipment that would allow NSA Crane to tap into the solar facility to continue mission-critical operations in the event of a disturbance in the external power grid.

The project will enable the DON to meet critical renewable and energy security goals as well as help Duke Energy further its commitment to renewable energy in the state.

"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."

"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.

The parties plan to break ground in early 2016 and anticipate grid connection by the year's end.

Crane was established in 1941 as the Naval Ammunition Depot for production, testing, and storage of ordnance (artillery and ammunition) under the first supplemental Defense Appropriation Act.

Throughout its 75-year history, Crane's mission has expanded to encompass multiple services in its support of the nation's strategic, electronic warfare and special warfare missions while still continuing munitions storage, production and distribution operations. Grown from its ordnance roots, Crane continues to be recognized worldwide as a modern and sophisticated leader in diverse and technical products aimed at meeting the needs of today's warfighter in the defense of the nation.

For more Navy news go to: Navy News Service.

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