A new solar installation at NSA Crane will help power the base and the surrounding area.
The Department of the Navy, the lieutenant governor, and officials from Duke Energy participated in a ribbon cutting today.
Duke Project manager Shawn Tyler says the utility company started having conversations with Crane more than two years ago about that possibility of leasing some land to build a solar farm.
“This base has a lot of property so they had it available. And then we worked into the logistics of putting a solar facility here,” says Tyler. “There’s also transmission lines that come into this property so it made it easy to connect to the grid.”
Duke is leasing 145 acres for the solar farm. It includes 76,000 panels. It will generate about 17 megawatts of power or enough to power about 1700 homes.
Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch says the project builds on the state’s commitment to diversify energy sources while also caring for the environment.
“From today forward, this project will serve as a catalyst for future energy infrastructure projects for the Navy as well as bringing greater energy management to the state and to our country.”
The solar farm is one of the largest in Indiana – second only to the one at the Indianapolis International Airport. That project, which was completed in 2014, spans more than 150 acres.
Tyler Lake contributed to this story.