New Energy Goes Hybrid
Pairing Wind + Solar for Cheaper, 24-Hour Renewable Energy; A unique power project in Ohio will take advantage of solar's midday burst of energy and wind's all-day power to provide more consistent clean energy to the grid.
Dan Gearino, October 4, 2018 (Inside Climate News)
“…[The pairing of wind and solar is] expected to become more common because of its potential to cut costs while providing a more consistent flow of clean energy…[They] complement each other…The benefits of wind-solar hybrids start with a simple idea: Solar power is strongest when the sun is brightest, often in the middle of the day. Wind power is stronger at night in many areas of the U.S. By combining the two, a hybrid project has the potential to produce power around the clock…This is important because one of the challenges of managing a power grid is dealing with the intermittent nature of renewable energy…
…If wind and solar plants built together can provide a more consistent power supply, other power plants could run on a more predictable schedule, with lower emissions and lower costs…[Operators of solar-wind hybrids can also save money by sharing the equipment that connects to the grid, the] maintenance building and other operations…The likely next step for wind-solar hybrids in the broader market is that developers will begin to consider adding wind or solar to existing renewable energy sites…[and energy] storage is also likely to become a key part of the mix as renewable energy projects increasingly operate like traditional power plants…” click here for more