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Perdue to tour NC Marine base's green initiative

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Gov. Beverly Perdue is visiting a Marine Corps base in eastern North Carolina to get a look at its newest green initiative.

Perdue will visit on Thursday a housing community at Camp Lejeune where new solar thermal water heaters are being installed on 900 homes. The panels are expected to provide nearly 75 percent of the energy needed to heat the home's water.

Base officials say the project is the largest residential solar thermal energy project in the continental United States.

Perdue will comment on the project following the afternoon tour.

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