Bloomington Solar Panel
Duke Energy began its first solar initiative in 2004 when an 8-kilowatt photovoltaic panel was installed at our customer service center in Bloomington, Indiana. The solar panel is connected to Duke Energy power lines and provides a small amount of renewable energy directly to our customers.
From 2004 to 2007, the installation served as a research project. Data collected from this project helped Duke Energy determine performance issues relating to temperature, shadowing, system design and system aging. The research showed that solar output trails off significantly before the system load peaks in the afternoon.