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Thu Jan 19, 2012, 08:33 PM Jan 2012

Combined Solar/ Wind Plant Goes Up in Illinois


The largest solar plant in the US midwest is in under construction, and it will be built right next to a wind farm.

Combining wind and solar in an interconnected system makes renewable energy more effectively absorbed into the transmission grid, allowing the energy to be more easily dispatched, and
helps mitigate the effect of intermittency of wind and solar, since they peak at different times of day.

Last year, GWS Technologies (GreenWindSolar) said it started construction on a combined solar and wind plant on 1500 acres in Arizona.

General Electric, which supplied the wind turbines for the 211 megawatt (MW) wind farm, will also supply 23 MW of thin-film solar panels for the 160-acre solar park, to be completed in mid-2012.

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Combined Solar/ Wind Plant Goes Up in Illinois (Original Post) jpak Jan 2012 OP
Great news. Wait Wut Jan 2012 #1
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