Duke to Build Solar Power Plant at North Carolina Marine Base

Duke Energy Corp., the largest U.S. utility owner by market value, won approval from state regulators to build a 17-megawatt solar farm at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

The solar project, which will span about 80 acres in Onslow County, is Duke’s first on a military base, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company said Thursday in a statement. Terms weren’t disclosed.

Duke Energy Progress will own and operate the power plant, which Crowder Construction Co. has been contracted to build. It will use SolarWorld AG panels and General Electric Co. inverters and is expected to be operational this year.

Duke is developing three other solar farms in North Carolina as part of a $500 million expansion plan.

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