Wind-Solar Hybrid Project in Minnesota Could Cut Costs, Increase Output

A wind-solar hybridproject in western Minnesota could be a preview of what’s to come as renewable developers look for new ways to bolster projects. The project, developed and owned by Juhl Energy, is among the first of its kind in the country to pair wind and solar on the same site. A 2-MW turbine and 500-kW solar installation share an inverter and grid connection, reducing equipment costs compared to two separate projects. The pairing is expected to start producing power this month. Lake Region Electric Cooperative in Pelican Rapids will buy the power for its 27,000 members.

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