I recently returned from Anaheim, California where I attended Solar Power International trade show, largest Solar PV industry show in Northern America. My main focus was to explore how wind and solar can be successfully integrated in various renewable energy projects that would power commercial and industrial sites, water treatment plants and large farms.
As the demand for distributed energy generation grows across North America, Northern Power Systems sees it as an opportunity to increase the projects’ Annual Energy Production (AEP), since wind and solar complement each other by reducing times of intermittency and maximizing energy production.
I met several large solar Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) companies’ representatives. There is a clear interest in our product, as we spoke about the application of commercial solar PV arrays, combined with our NPS 100 wind turbine.
We agreed to continue our dialogue on developing combined wind and solar projects. On the technical level, the standard commercial PV array wiring involves mid-size string inverters, which are connected independently, allowing segmentation for each string. Our NPS 100kW wind turbine can connect to a string independently, which in turn will provide for seamless integration of both renewable energy technologies.
All in all, the SPI show was a success – plenty of new contacts and potentially some exciting joint projects. It’s great to see renewables become more prominent in meeting consumers’ energy needs in.
–Darrin Russell, Manager of North American Sales