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January 7th, 2020
Hunt Military Communities (Hunt) is pleased to have been recently awarded Duke Energy’s long-standing Power Partner award for 2019.
The Power Partner award program, which began in 1992, honors businesses and other organizations that achieve notable results in categories including solutions innovation, community excellence, economic development, sustainability innovation, storm restoration, and renewable excellence. Each of the six 2019 Power Partners were recently recognized at individual award ceremonies.
Hunt received the award for the solar panels installed on 284 homes at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C. In collaboration with Duke Energy, Hunt installed 1,350 kilowatts DC (kWdc) of generating capacity that is helping reduce utility bills for the housing project. Duke Energy performed extensive feeder studies to ensure that the solar panels integrated well into our system. The project was enabled by a Duke Energy rebate of more than $1 million.
“This is a great example of Hunt’s internal capabilities as well as our commitment to our external partnerships with the Air Force, Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), Shaw base leadership, and Duke Energy,” said John Hoyt, Vice President for Hunt Military Communities. “Moreover, this project is helping to offset approximately 40% of the total annual electrical consumption at Shaw Military Housing and all of those savings are kept at the project and will benefit the sustainment of the houses for our airman.”
“This is part of our ongoing effort to support the U.S. Air Force in meeting its long-term energy goals across the country,” explained Abe Weiner, Vice President at Hunt. “The Shaw Solar project exemplifies how public-private partnerships are able to enhance energy sustainability and resiliency greatly.”
Other award-winning organizations included:
Walmart Stores, multiple locations
Category: Solution Innovations, Enterprise
Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, N.C.
Category: Storm Restoration
Lake Wales Care Center, Lake Wales, Fla.
Category: Community Excellence
First Quality Tissue, Anderson, S.C.
Category: Economic Development
Bon Secours, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Category: Solution Innovation, Mid-Market
“The businesses and organizations selected for this award are truly outstanding,” said Chris Edge, Duke Energy vice president of large business customers. “Each one is determined to serve customers and stakeholders in ways that benefit their companies and their communities, and delivers value to Duke Energy as well.”
About Hunt Military Communities
Hunt's Military Communities division is a 50-year partnership created between the Department of Defense and Hunt through the Military Housing Privatization Act. As part of the partnership, Hunt owns approximately 52,000 units spread across more than 40 military installations on Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Army installations and is the largest privatized military housing developer in the nation. For more information, visit www.huntmilitarycommunities.com.
About Duke Energy
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.
Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.
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