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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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New program available to help Hoosier small businesses build online presence

first_imgStatewide– The Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC) announced today a new partnership with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business to support the long-term economic recovery of Hoosier small businesses and entrepreneurs. Through a new program, eligible companies may apply for no-cost assistance to help establish or increase their online presence through website development, e-commerce support, and other digital tools and services.The Indiana SBDC and Kelley launched Project HOPE to support Indiana small businesses negatively affected by COVID-19. Under the program, Kelley students and recent graduates are offered paid internships to assist eligible companies in expanding their online presence, solving technology issues or providing new digital capabilities. The projects, which include creating or modifying websites, building e-commerce platforms, improving cybersecurity frameworks, migrating data, and more, are overseen by faculty members and completed within two weeks.To be eligible, Indiana small businesses must meet the following criteria:• Be an Indiana SBDC client,• Have been in business as of February 15, 2020, and• Be able to demonstrate a negative impact from COVID-19.last_img read more

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USC continues strong play with weekend sweep

first_imgThe Trojans’ lucky number was seven this weekend at Marks Stadium as they walked away with two consecutive 7-0 wins against Oregon and Washington.No. 2 USC (18-4, 4-0) exerted its dominance against the No. 65 Ducks and No. 20 Huskies, remaining undefeated in Pac-10 play this season. It was a consistent effort from top to bottom.Continuing with the new doubles lineup, senior Jaak Poldma and sophomore J.T. Sundling paired together at No. 1 while freshman Emilio Gomez and junior Steve Johnson and freshman Ray Sarmiento and junior Daniel Nguyen played at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots.“It’s been really cohesive with Jaak [Poldma] and J.T. [Sundling] at one,” Nguyen said. “Stevie [Johnson] is an unbelievable doubles player, and with Ray [Sarmiento] and me, we just sort of stepped up and dominated.”Poldma and Sundling defeated Oregon’s Robin Cambier and Alex Rovello, and Washington’s Kyle McMorrow and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, 8-6.  Johnson and Gomez took 8-2 and 8-7 wins against the Ducks and Huskies, respectively. Nguyen and Sarmiento grabbed 8-1 and 8-3 wins, and Nguyen was not shy in praising his doubles counterpart.“I think we work well together and complement each other,” Nguyen said.Neither the Ducks nor the Huskies caused any serious panic for the Trojans, who came out as the dominant team both days. Though glimpses of frustration could be seen at times, each player bounced back to pocket the wins.“It was a little rough in the beginning,” Nguyen said of his match against the Ducks’ Cambier. “He was really feisty and in my face. It felt good to pull out a tough win.”Johnson and Poldma won both of their singles matches to stay undefeated on the season.Sarmiento, Gomez and freshman Michael Grant filled out the singles roster at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 spots. On both days, Sarmiento and Gomez won in straight sets, while Grant took it to three sets and a tie-breaker against Oregon and Washington, respectively, to eventually snag two victories.As has been the case this season, singles play was much easier for the Trojans, who only have three regular season matches before the Pac-10 tournament. As the post-season approaches, USC knows that there is still work to be done, and it is willing to do it.“We need to keep working on doubles,” Nguyen said. “We’ve proven that our singles is strong, so what will differentiate us from the others is gaining confidence in doubles.”last_img read more

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