WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Department of the Navy (DON), Duke Energy and the State of Indiana celebrated the completion of a 24 megawatt (MW) direct current (DC) or 17 MW alternating current (AC), solar generation facility at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Crane.
The completion of the project was commemorated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at NSA Crane. Notable ceremony presenters and attendees included Timothy A. Craddock, commanding officer, NSA Crane; Melody Birmingham-Byrd, Indiana President, Duke Energy; Suzanne Crouch, Lieutenant Governor of Indiana; and John Kliem, executive director of the DON’s Resilient Energy Program Office.
“With roughly 76,000 solar panels 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 Commander Timothy A. Craddock, Commanding Officer, Naval Support Activity Crane. “Through this endeavor, we are providing and promoting energy sustainability and bringing renewable energy 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 microgrid feasibility study to increase future base resiliency.
“This helps provide our customers with a more balanced energy mix using both traditional fuel sources and renewable energy sources,” said Melody Birmingham-Byrd, president of Duke Energy Indiana. “We are pleased to partner with the Navy on a project that will deliver clean energy to Indiana customers, and improved energy security for the Navy.”
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 energy initiatives in the local area.
“The solar project at Naval Support Activity Crane will serve as a catalyst for future energy infrastructure projects for the Navy as well as bringing greater energy management to our state, spurring innovation and growth,” said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch.
The DON continues to improve readiness, combat effectiveness and flexibility through initiatives that focus on energy reliability, resiliency and efficiency.