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State Solar Focus: Indiana

A partnership between the U.S. Navy and Duke Energy will bring significant amount of solar energy online.  According to Nuvo News, 70,000 photovoltaic solar modules will be installed at the Naval Support base in Southwest Indiana.  In the arrangement, Duke Energy will maintain and operate the solar energy system and the power will be provided to Duke Energy customers.  More from the article:

“In the changing electric utility market, [Duke Energy Indiana President] Melody Birmingham-Byrd said it is necessary to have partnerships that focus on the trend of renewable resources. As a company, about 10 percent of the power Duke Energy produces comes from renewable resources and that number is expected to grow. However, Birmingham-Byrd said coal and gas fired plants will be a major provider for years to come because there are times when the renewable energy can be intermittent.”

Hats off to the state of Indiana for hosting this innovative public-private partnership to bring clean renewable energy to their citizens.