Duke Energy starts major renewable energy projects in Indiana

Written By: Katherine Demetre
November 1, 2017

Duke renewable energy projects

Duke Energy recently announced plans to install battery storage equipment and solar panels that would operate as a microgrid at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury training operation in Johnson County, Ind. The company would also install battery storage equipment at a substation in Nabb, Ind., in Clark County.

Plans for the projects must be approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission before work can begin. According to Duke Energy, the microgrid at Camp Atterbury would be the first microgrid installed at a National Guard facility in Indiana.

Melody Birmingham-Byrd, Duke Energy Indiana state president commented: “Given our recent success with the installation of a 17-megawatt solar power plant at Naval Support Activity Crane, we were eager to find another opportunity to join with the U.S. military to incorporate new technology into our grid operations. The project at Camp Atterbury will help us gain valuable operating experience and may help determine how best to expand the new technology to other areas.”

According to Duke, the battery and solar panels would primarily provide grid benefits to customers in the region. In the unlikely event of a major grid failure, the microgrid could continue serving customer power demand. The storage battery has a capacity of 5 megawatts. The solar installation would generate approximately 2 megawatts.

At the Nabb, Ind., substation, a similar-size battery would be installed near the existing substation. This battery would also be used to provide grid benefits as well as back-up customer power in the event of an outage.