Lt. Gov. Crouch joins leaders from Duke Energy Indiana and NSA Crane to celebrate completion of new solar power plant

PR Newswire — May 18, 2017

PLAINFIELD, Ind., May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch
joined leaders from Duke Energy, the Department of the Navy (DON) and Naval
Support Activity Crane at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the
completion of the 17-megawatt solar power plant at NSA Crane, located about 40
miles south of Bloomington.

“The solar project at Naval Support Activity Crane will serve as a catalyst for
future energy infrastructure projects for the Navy, as well as bringing greater
energy management to our state, spurring innovation and growth,” said Crouch.

Other notable ceremony presenters included Melody Birmingham-Byrd, president,
Duke Energy Indiana; Cmdr. Timothy A. Craddock, commanding officer, NSA Crane;
and John Kliem, executive director of the DON’s Resilient Energy Program Office.

“This solar power plant helps provide our customers with a more balanced energy
mix using both traditional fuel sources and renewable energy sources,” said
Birmingham-Byrd. “We are pleased to partner with the Navy on a project that will
deliver clean energy to Indiana customers, and improved energy security for the

“With roughly 76,000 solar panels stretched across 145 acres, this solar project
is quite an impressive achievement and stands as a monument to our enduring
relationship with the state of Indiana and our energy partners,” said Cmdr.
Craddock. “Through this endeavor, we are providing and promoting energy
sustainability and bringing renewable energy options to the installation and
neighboring communities.”

Duke Energy built, and will own, operate and maintain the solar facility on NSA
Crane. In exchange for providing secure, on-base land needed for the project,
NSA Crane will receive in-kind consideration in the form of electrical
infrastructure upgrades, such as a motor-operated disconnect switch, and a
microgrid feasibility study to increase future base resiliency.

The project will contribute to the DON’s diverse energy portfolio, ensuring more
secure and resilient operations at NSA Crane. The DON is pleased to work with
Duke Energy on this project to incorporate alternative energy initiatives in the
local area.

Duke Energy Indiana
Duke Energy Indiana’s operations provide about 6,800 megawatts of owned electric
capacity to approximately 820,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service
area, making it the state’s largest electric supplier.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy
holding companies in the United States. Its Electric Utilities and
Infrastructure business unit serves approximately 7.5 million customers located
in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. The company’s Gas Utilities and
Infrastructure business unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6
million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its Commercial
Renewables business unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across
the United States.

Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under
the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at

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