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Solar-wind hybrid project gets go-ahead in Minnesota

DL Online:

After two unsuccessful tries, it’s full steam ahead for a solar-wind hybrid project in Otter Tail County.

Juhl Energy will break ground this month in Trondhjem Township on what it called one of the first commercially integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation projects in the U.S. The project will use a single General Electric wind turbine, supported by .5 megawatt of photovoltaic solar panels. The wind and solar are combined through GE’s Wind Integrated Solar Energy technology platform.

Lake Region Electric Cooperative of Pelican Rapids will purchase the electric output of the project, incurring no debt and with little risk in the construction or operation of the project. Juhl Energy will finance construct, operate, and maintain the facility.

Energy produced will be distributed over local co-op power lines from a single rural substation and will go to Lake Region members. The energy, transmission and capacity cost savings from the project will help provide rate stability for the entire cooperative membership, [said Tim Thompson, CEO of Lake Region Electric Cooperative.]

The project will be owned by a subsidiary of Juhl Energy that includes a number of investors from across Minnesota and the Midwest. The construction general contractor is Faith Technologies, a Wisconsin-based firm that has experience working on clean energy projects. The project’s renewable energy certificates are being sold separately to a third party helping to sponsor the project.

More: Third time’s a charm for wind-solar project in Otter Tail County

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