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Hybrid wind-solar project in Minnesota may be perfect option for co-ops, municipalities

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:A trailblazing wind-solar hybrid project 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-megawatt turbine and 500-kilowatt 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, about 30 miles north of Fergus Falls, will buy the power for its approximately 27,000 members.Juhl managing director Clay D. Norrbom said the plug-and-play nature of the system has attracted at least five other customers, including an industrial company in Iowa. Other customer prospects include cooperatives and municipally owned power providers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. He predicts Juhl will build at least three this year.“It opens another market that quite frankly five, 10 or 15 years ago was not there,” Norrbom said. “You couldn’t supply to a municipal co-op. The scale and efficiency weren’t good enough to do that. Now you can go and supply at that distribution voltage something that’s price competitive to the end customers.”The hybrid offers an opportunity to increase capacity. Wind turbines operate at a 50 to 55 percent capacity, Norrbom said, while solar in the Midwest sits at 15 percent. By combining power from both sources, the hybrid reaches a capacity factor of 65 to 70 percent, Norrbom said, at a cost substantially less than what Lake Region pays for electricity from its transmission and generation provider Great River Energy. Juhl decided against adding storage due to cost and regulatory issues, both challenges he predicts will dissipate in the future.More: Wind-solar pairing cuts equipment costs while ramping up output Hybrid wind-solar project in Minnesota may be perfect option for co-ops, municipalitieslast_img read more

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Panthers rout GDF 17-0 to win Trophy Stall 7’s Rugby title

first_imgTHE Panthers Rugby Club continued their dominance of local rugby, this time playing superb rugby to claim the Trophy Stall 7’s tournament yesterday, beating the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) 17-0 at the National Park.It was their second title in the space of a week, having won the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) 7’s Championship, and just like Sunday last, the Panthers played undefeated in the one-day tournament.Winger Ryan Dey picked up a Lance Adonis fumble and handed the Panthers a 5-0 advantage after scoring a try. Lloyd Anderson made good the conversion as the Panthers made it 7-0 and kept their paws on the pulse of the game.A nice play between Robert Skeete and Adonis resulted in speedster Osie McKenzie taking the scores to 12-0.Just before the end of the game, Rondell McArthur, the team’s captain, scored the game’s final try and the Panthers closed off the GDF 17-0.According to McArthur, the Panthers’ aim is to participate in the November’s International Club Championship in Barbados, and as such, they’re using the domestic tournaments as much-needed practice.The Panthers captain thanked his teammates for staying committed to the game, as they focus on being Guyana’s most dominant Rugby club.last_img read more

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