Paired wind and solar: Two renewable energy sources share the load

windsolarBy Mark Del Franco | Solar Industry

Spurred on by opportunity and the desire to maximize existing generating assets, several wind developers are now beginning to look at adding solar generation on existing wind sites.

Although combining wind and solar is not new – Oregon-based Element Power, for example, has been seeking ways to combine wind and solar on the same project site for the past five years – many developers are now looking at adding solar generation to monetize the investment tax credit, which, for solar, expires Dec. 31, 2016. The production tax credit for wind expired at the end of last year.

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