29 Jan '12, 3pm

Co-Locating Solar and Wind Power Farms: Can Two Renewable Energy Sources Be

Co-Locating Solar and Wind Power Farms: Can Two Renewable Energy Sources Be

The intermittent, yet often complementary, nature of wind and solar energy has long been observed and increasingly remarked upon of late. Minnesota’s Ecos Energy is looking to take advantage of that by building the state’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) array on a 13-acre site in southwestern Minnesota, home to more wind farms than any other region state-wide, the StarTribune reports . At 2-megawatts (MW), the solar power array can’t be considered large by any stretch, but it’s expected to provide enough electricity for 340 homes, about as much as a single wind turbine. Yet more significantly, Ecos Energy’s Slayton project will provide some trailblazing data as to whether or not intermittent solar energy and wind turbine arrays can be used in tandem to provide a more consistent supply of power to the grid. More than 70 wind farms are up and running in southwest Minnesota,...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/01/29/co-locating-solar-and...

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