November 21 (Solar) – US renewables firm Juhl Energy (OTCMKTS:JUHL) has ordered equipment from GE Renewable Energy for what it says will be first commercial integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation project in the US.
General Electric (NYSE:GE) said on Tuesday that its renewables arm will supply one 2.0-116 wind turbine and 0.5 MW of solar power conversion equipment. They will be installed at a 2-MW community-based renewable energy project that will deliver power to the Lake Region Electric Cooperative of Pelican Rapids in Minnesota.
The project will deploy GE’s Wind Integrated Solar Energy (WiSE) technology platform that will enable the direct integration of the solar panels through the turbine’s converter. In this way both wind and solar share the same balance of plant and the system net capacity is increased by 3% to 4%, while annual energy production rises by up to 10%, GE said.
Faith Technologies Inc has been picked to construct the plant, which is seen to be put on stream before end-2018. Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from the project will be bought by Bank of America (BAC:NYSE).