1. Duke Energy Proposes Solar and Battery Storage Project to Power Facility in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Duke Energy Proposes Solar and Battery Storage Project to Power Facility in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 14, 2016-- Duke Energy has proposed installing a microgrid, powered by renewable energy, to serve a remote communications tower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located atop Mt. Sterling in Haywood County, the proposed project would combine a 10-kilowatt solar installation with a Fluidic 95-kilowatt-hour zinc-air battery at the site and ultimately provide all the energy needs for the tower. The tower is currently served by a single overhead electric line. Because the tower provides emergency communications for the park, the ability to operate independently from the energy grid is important to park communications.

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