Duke Energy plans to build a 5MW battery storage system and 2MW solar plant to operate as a microgrid at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury.

The project at the training facility in Johnson county will primarily provide grid benefits to local customers, and, in the event of a major grid failure, the microgrid could continue serving consumer  demand, the company said.

Duke will also install battery storage equipment at a substation at Nabb in Clark County in the state.

The plans need approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission before work can start, the company added.

Camp Atterbury commanding officer Colonel John Silva said: “This proposed project will increase our strategic value and give us the ability to continue our mission-critical operations in the unlikely event of a large grid outage.”

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