Solar farms built on Camp Lejeune set to reduce energy costs
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CAMP LEJEUNE -- Six large solar farms are being built aboard Camp Lejeune to reduce the base's energy costs. Nationwide, the Department of Defense spends about $4 billion a year on utilities.
The Camp Lejeune solar project also includes covering parking lots and roofs with solar panels. When the solar farms come online in September, they'll generate about 12 megawatts of electricity.
Capt. Craig Fulton oversees construction and utilities aboard the base and says the project will put a big dent in the energy bill.
"The hottest days of the summer we'll consume about 80 megawatts of power so 12 megawatts of power is about 15 percent that we can offload from the power grid and that electricity can then be re-routed to the local population," he said.
Camp Lejeune already uses geothermal cooling in some buildings but wind generated electricity is not viable because of nearby air stations. The push to use renewable energy is mandated by the federal government.