Solar Power World – Ameresco, Duke Energy constructing 1.1-MW floating solar + storage project at Fort Bragg
The U.S. Army has awarded Duke Energy and Ameresco’s Federal Solutions Group a utility energy service contract (UESC) to implement power generation and facility efficiency improvements at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
In partnership with Duke Energy, Ameresco will deploy a 1.1-MW floating solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the Big Muddy Lake at Camp Mackall, a remote Special Forces training site at the base. A 2 MW battery energy storage system will provide a seamless transition to on-site generation during utility provider outages.
This system will supplement power from the local grid and provide backup power during electric service outages. Under the $36 million design-build contract, Duke secures third-party financing to fund construction, and the U.S. Army pays down the financing annually with the utility savings that the project generates over the term of the contract.