- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - Duke Energy Corp. is breaking ground on a solar energy farm on the East Coast’s largest Marine Corps base as the military diversifies from petroleum power.

The country’s largest electric company is starting construction Friday at Camp Lejeune on a 13-megawatt solar array on 100 acres. The project’s goal is helping the Navy and Marines meet their energy and security goals while furthering Duke Energy’s renewable energy holdings.

The Navy has decided its reliance on oil is a national security problem and plans to produce at least half of its on-shore energy needs from alternative sources by 2020.

Duke Energy is required by state law to generate 12.5 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2021. Duke is investing about $500 million on three other North Carolina solar projects.

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