Lt. Gov. Crouch joins leaders from Duke Energy Indiana and NSA Crane to celebrate completion of new solar power plant

PLAINFIELD, Ind., May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch joined leaders from Duke Energy, the Department of the Navy (DON) and Naval Support Activity Crane at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the 17-megawatt solar power plantA photovoltaic plant is a power station that generates electrical power by using photovoltaic cells; usually such a power plant feeds electricity into the public grid. at NSA Crane, located about 40 miles south of Bloomington.

“The solar projectProject is an intervention designed to achieve specific objectives within specified resources and implementation schedules, often within the framework of a broader program. (Glossary Monitoring and Evaluation Terms; MERG Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group and UNAIDS) at Naval Support Activity Crane will serve as a catalyst for future energy infrastructure projectsProject is an intervention designed to achieve specific objectives within specified resources and implementation schedules, often within the framework of a broader program. (Glossary Monitoring and Evaluation Terms; MERG Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group and UNAIDS) for the Navy, as well as bringing greater energy management to our state, spurring innovation and growth,” said Crouch.

Other notable ceremony presenters included Melody Birmingham-Byrd, president, Duke Energy Indiana; Cmdr. Timothy A. Craddock, commanding officer, NSA Crane; and John Kliem, executive director of the DON’s Resilient Energy Program Office.

“This solar powerPhotovoltaics (PV) is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells for energy by converting sunlight directly into electricity. Solar power is sometimes used as a synonym to refer to electricity generated from solar radiation. plant helps provide our customers with a more balanced energy mix using both traditional fuel sources and renewable energy sources,” said Birmingham-Byrd. “We are pleased to partner with the Navy on a project that will deliver clean energy to Indiana customers, and improved energy securityLowers tensions in domestic energy supply and reduces energy shortages. for the Navy.”

“With roughly 76,000 solar panelsRegarding photovoltaic or solar panels with crystalline cells, the photoactive layer consists of serial and/or parallel interconnected solar cells which are embedded into two plastic films. A front glass protects the interior for mechanical damage. Regarding thin-film solar modules the ... stretched across 145 acres, this solar project is quite an impressive achievement and stands as a monument to our enduring relationship with the state of Indiana and our energy partners,” said Cmdr. Craddock. “Through this endeavor, we are providing and promoting energy sustainabilityIn order to survive, all life, including human life, depends either directly or indirectly on the natural environment. Sustainability is a principle where current requirements are met while the livelihoods of future generations are not threatened. and bringing renewable energyRenewable energy is power generated from infinite sources, such as wind or solar power. Conventional energy is generated from finite sources, such as natural gas or fossil oil. options to the installation and neighboring communities.”

Duke Energy built, and will own, operate and maintain the solar facility on NSA Crane. In exchange for providing secure, on-base land needed for the project, NSA Crane will receive in-kind consideration in the form of electrical infrastructure upgrades, such as a motor-operated disconnect switch, and a microgridMicro-grids are useful to harness local renewable energy resources near-by consumption. Often a good solution for remote, previously off-grid areas. feasibility study to increase future base resiliency.

The project will contribute to the DON’s diverse energy portfolio, ensuring more secure and resilient operations at NSA Crane. The DON is pleased to work with Duke Energy on this project to incorporate alternative energyRenewable energy is power generated from infinite sources, such as wind or solar power. Conventional energy is generated from finite sources, such as natural gas or fossil oil. initiatives in the local area.

Duke Energy Indiana
Duke Energy Indiana’s operations provide about 6,800 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 820,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it the state’s largest electric supplier.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its Electric Utilities and Infrastructure business unit serves approximately 7.5 million customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. The company’s Gas Utilities and Infrastructure business unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its Commercial RenewablesRenewable energy is power generated from infinite sources, such as wind or solar power. Conventional energy is generated from finite sources, such as natural gas or fossil oil. business unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the United States.

Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com

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