US utility Duke Energy has announced plans for a solar+storage microgrid at a National Guard site in the midwestern state of Indiana.  

The installation planned for Camp Atterbury (pictured) in Johnson County, a training facility, is expected to feature 5 MW in battery storage and 2 MW in solar PV capacity.

The microgrid will offer grid services locally as well as providing backup power for the National Guard facility in case of grid failure.

Duke Energy also aims to install a battery storage system at a nearby substation.

Duke Energy Indiana’s state president Melody Birmingham-Byrd said: “Given our recent success with the installation of a 17 MW solar power plant at Naval Support Activity Crane, we were eager to find another opportunity to join with the US 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.”

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