GE to equip 4.6-MW commercial solar-wind hybrid in Minnesota

2-MW GE wind turbine.

Feb 23 (Renewables Now) - US renewables firm Juhl Energy (OTCMKTS:JUHL) has ordered equipment from GE Renewable Energy for what the latter says is the first commercial integrated hybrid solar-wind power generation project in the industry.

The renewables arm of General Electric (NYSE:GE) will supply two 2.3-116 wind turbines and 1 MW of solar power conversion equipment for a 4.6-MW community project in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota.

GE’s Wind Integrated Solar Energy (WiSE) technology platform will enable the integration of the solar panels through the turbine’s converter directly. 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 Renewable Energy said in a statement.

The project is seen to be completed in August 2017. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Juhl Energy said late last month that it plans to focus its future activities on projects under 20 MW and specifically on the development of standardised 5-MW wind/solar hybrid systems that are designed for rural communities and municipal electric companies.

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