Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation

by , 07/19/14

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The world’s largest wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project was recently put into operation in Kingston, Jamaica. The WindStream Technologies array was commissioned for the rooftop of the prominent local law firm, Myers, Fletcher, & Gordon. Expected to generate approximately 106,000kWh annually with a return on investment in less than four years, the plant should save the firm approximately $2 million in energy costs over the course of its 25-year lifetime.

Consisting of 50 SolarMills delivering 25 kW of wind power and 55kW of solar, the installation is the largest hybrid solar and wind installation in the world. Positioned less than a quarter mile from the Kingston coastline, the rooftop frequently experiences wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour (96.5 kilometers per hour). Fortunately, the grid-tied SolarMills not only safely generate energy, they also protect against surges under extreme conditions.

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SolarMills are a distributed energy technology utilizing vertical axis wind turbines, solar panels and proprietary “smart” electronics. The energy generated by each SolarMill can either be used off grid with a storage system or inverted for use in grid-tied settings. Occupying a footprint roughly the size of a solar panel, each SolarMill provides the highest energy density currently available in the renewable market. The SolarMills are made in the U.S., but WindStream Technologies also has an office in Hyderabad, India, and distribution agreements in Turkey, Ghana, Liberia, New Zealand, and Tanzania.

The solar/wind hybrid installation is also part of 5.7 MW of systems that are scheduled to be deployed across the island nation over the next 18 months by local utility Jamaica Public Service (JPS). JPS aims to provide greater access to renewable energy solutions for Jamaica, where the cost of energy is over three times the U.S. average.

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  1. eoino1 January 13, 2015 at 10:29 am

    unfortunately it has already been determined that the hybrid system is pretty much a loss and would be of much more benefit, with a reduced cost of not installing the so called wind generating system and the ROI may have been close to the quoted number , i would be very surprised if the wind turbines are not a complete loss but hats of to the sales force and those who took the chance on the purchase of the system . please remember
    “proven technology and smart investment are the keys to making renewable energy a trusted and viable alternative to sky high utility rates on the island

  2. RelayerM31 July 20, 2014 at 1:32 am

    This is great tech for the third world. Low tech and DO-able, bravo. I do think, however, that they would be better off without the wind turbine part of it. If it moves it breaks.

  3. Charlie July 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Nestle has been saying it believes water should be privatized, so here we have it, I guess. If lawmakers can\\\’t resolve this one with a simple stroke of their pens, something is definitely wrong…but we already knew that, didn\\\’t we? “Profits before people” rules again. I\\\’m just sayin\\\’…

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