Fort Bragg Launches Floating Solar Plant - Smart Energy Decisions

Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  June 14, 2022

Fort Bragg Launches Floating Solar Plant

The U.S. Army's Fort Bragg in North Carolina will be producing power soon at its floating solar plant, the largest in the Southeast.

The 1.1 MW solar facility is part of a $36 million contract with Duke Energy and Ameresco that focuses on energy resilience and security at Fort Bragg, including infrastructure modernization, lighting and water upgrades, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, and boiler system improvements. The floating solar installation is being paired with a 2-MW battery energy storage system. The system will supply power to Fort Bragg from the local grid and provide power during electric service outages.

The floating solar system was built on the Big Muddy Lake located at Camp Mackall. Fort Bragg will own and operate the solar system.

"We are grateful for our relationship with Duke Energy and Ameresco," said Col. Scott Pence, garrison commander for Fort Bragg, statement. "With this system, the largest floating solar array in the Southeast, we will be able to provide energy resiliency to Fort Bragg operations through sustainable resources. With this partnership, Fort Bragg not only has renewable electricity but energy security that will be critical with continuing the installation's mission during a power outage." 

Floating solar is expected to grow quickly over the next decade. Currently, only 2% of new solar installations are on water. 

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