Windstream Technologies announced the commisioning of what it is calling the world’s largest hybrid renewable energy project. The combined solar/wind generator sits on the rooftop of the law firm, Myers, Fletcher, & Gordon (MFG) in Kingston, Jamaica.
Developed by WindStream Technologies, a specialist in the small wind sector, this urban installation consists of 50 WindStream SolarMill units to harness both wind and solar resources.
The installation is designed to generate over 106,000 kWh of renewable energy annually, (25 kW of wind and 55kW of solar) with a return on investment (ROI) of less than four years. Over the course of the projected 25-year life span, the energy cost savings are expected to exceed $2 million dollars.
WindStream competed for and was awarded the project for its ability to maximize energy production and ROI within the confines of limited roof space.
The MFG SolarMill installation is a part of a larger effort by Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to provide greater access to renewable energy solutions in a country where the cost of energy is over three times the US average. JPS and WindStream also collaborated with Eaton Houghton of Caribbean ESCO as the lead energy efficiency auditor for the project.
The SolarMill is a new distributed energy technology consisting of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT), 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 applications. Occupying the roof space about the size of a solar panel, each SolarMill provides the highest energy density currently available in the renewable market. Made in the US, WindStream recently opened an office in Hyderabad, India, and secured distribution agreements in Turkey, Ghana, Liberia, New Zealand, and Tanzania.