Follow Diane
Email Diane Email
Sep 30, 2022

Fort Bragg Given Green Light for Solar Powered Housing

Sponsored Content provided by Diane Cherry , North Carolina Military Business Center

As the largest energy consumer in the federal government, the Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to increasing energy efficiency and lowering costs.  The six major military installations in North Carolina support this goal, while ensuring energy resilience and reliable and uninterrupted sources of power to sustain their mission capability.  Fort Bragg, in particular, is one of the largest military bases in the world, employing 54,000 people, covering more than 250 square miles and training, sustaining and rapidly deploying America’s contingency force.

One way to ensure energy security and reliability is through redundant transmission lines for the main power grid.  Another method is to utilize microgrids paired with energy storage.  Duke Energy and Fort Bragg have partnered successfully to ensure energy resilience on Fort Bragg using both of these methodologies, including establishing the largest floating solar facility in the Southeast at Fort Bragg’s Camp Mackall. 

With the presidential Executive Order issued last December, DoD will now be virtually required to expand on-site, carbon-free electricity generation. But in states with vertically-integrated utilities, bases do not typically have this kind of flexibility. Fort Bragg, like the rest of North Carolina, is served largely by a single utility provider, Duke Energy. While Duke Energy has been a great partner in ensuring Fort Bragg’s energy security, the installation has also sought a limited opportunity to implement on-site, renewable generation in order to meet DoD and Administration objectives.     

Late last year, Fort Bragg, along with renewable developer Sunstone Energy, filed a Request for Declaratory Ruling with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). The base sought to facilitate a contract between Sunstone and the company that provides Fort Bragg’s on-base housing. Under this contract, Sunstone would develop and generate solar energy for service member housing and give Fort Bragg more control over its power supply. The petition argued that the military installation is a federal enclave and thus not subject to North Carolina’s energy regulations, that Sunstone’s service on base would not be regulated by the North Carolina Public Utilities Act, and that installations in other states with similar utility markets had deployed similar projects.  

In early August, the NCUC issued a declaratory judgment supporting Fort Bragg. Though this decision does not currently apply to the public or the broader scope of the installation, it serves as a precedent for future initiatives in a regulated energy market.  At the federal level, the recently-passed Inflation Reduction Act will bring solar tax credits and other funding for renewables down the pipeline.  It will be exciting to see how the recent NCUC judgment, additional federal resources for renewables and Fort Bragg’s historic partnership with Duke Energy will together power energy efficiency, resilience and mission capability at military installations in North Carolina.

For more information, contact Diane Cherry with the North Carolina Military Business Center at

Join The Discussion

Ico insights


north-carolina-military-business-center diane-cherry headshott

Camp Lejeune and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment

Diane Cherry , North Carolina Military Business Center
fayetteville-state-university dr-cierra-griffin headshott

FSU Offers Full Tuition Scholarships to Military Affiliated Students and Their Dependents

Dr. Cierra Griffin - Executive Director for Adult Learners, Transfer, and Military Students, Fayetteville State University
systel-business-equipment madison-howard headshott

Refresh your Organization with Systel’s Document Management Solutions

Madison Howard - Marketing Team Leader, Systel Business Equipment
Ico insights



In The Current Issue

It’s on at comic con: Pop culture, panels, contests and more! Fayetteville Comic Con returns in 2024

This year’s convention will feature vendors, cosplay contests for all skill levels and celebrity guests. Photo provided by Fayetteville Comic ConFayetteville Comic Con returns to the Crown Coliseum this April 27 and 28 jam packed with a series of spe

An ode to spring…and pollen

I can honestly say that I have never felt more like a piece of fried chicken in my life, with the way this pollen has been raining down and the expected temperatures for this upcoming summer season, I feel like we’re all about to be fried lightly on

Rich in relationships: The Future Rich Aunties Business Conference cultivates a supportive environment where women can learn to build wealth and their network

Guest speakers from last year's gala (left to right): Camy Kennedy, Sylvia S. Glanton, Charlene Richardson, Taylor Bradley. Charlene will be joining Sylvia again this year as a guest speaker. Photo provided by the Future Rich Aunties, captured by Jam