Duke develops 5MW military microgrid storage and substation project

Published on: November 10, 2017 7:10 amBy: ESJ

 

Duke Energy is planning to install battery storage equipment and solar panels that will operate as a microgrid at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury training operation in Indiana.

As part of the development of the site, the North Carolina-headquartered utility and holding company will also install battery storage equipment at a substation in Nabb, Indiana.

The storage battery with the microgrid system will have a capacity of 5MW, while the solar installation will have a generation capacity of 2MW.

Before work can begin, plans for the project must be approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. It would be the first microgrid installed at a National Guard facility in Indiana.

Melody Birmingham-Byrd (pictured), Duke Energy Indiana state president said: “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.”

The project follows Duke Energy’s installation of a 17MW solar power plant at Naval Support Activity Crane also in Indiana

“Camp Atterbury, the Indiana National Guard and Duke Energy have worked together on several projects over the years,” said John Silva, Camp Atterbury’s commanding officer. “This project will give us the ability to continue our mission-critical operations in the unlikely event of a large grid outage.”

In September, Duke announced plans to invest around US$30 million developing two utility-scale lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS) projects as part of the company’s Western Carolinas Modernization Plan. To date, Duke has deployed around 40MW of energy storage, across 15 projects serving 10 different applications.

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