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Solar Panels Heating Water at Camp Lejeune

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By Catherine M. Welch

Wilmington, NC – The company supplying solar panels for hundreds of homes on the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base says the Marine Corps welcomed the project.

There are 900 homes on base using the solar water heaters. FLS Energy is behind the solar panels, and typically puts them on top of hotels, college dorms, and prisons. Company President Michael Shore says applying the technology to a military base was a logical next step.

"Solar hot water's just one of the most cost effective ways to generate energy. And we have this myth in this country that renewable energy's expensive. And here Camp Lejeune and the housing company are saving money through solar, so I think we are really in the midst of a shift in how our nation gets its energy."

Shore says the solar panel provides two-thirds of the energy needed to heat the water for a typical household. The Camp Lejeune community is the largest in the continental U-S heating water with solar panels.

Shore says the project cost his company 6-million dollars.

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