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Published on November 3rd, 2012 | by Jake Richardson


300 MW Solar-Wind Hybrid Plant Planned in California

November 3rd, 2012 by  

Critics of solar and wind power often point out they are intermittent power sources, and they are correct about that. Cloudy and still days mean low or no energy and that is the major drawback of solar and wind power. However, new hybrid solar and wind power systems in California may offer a viable alternative.


The 140-megawatt Pacific Wind Farm is in the Tehachapi-Mojave region. It is already operational and supplying electricity to SDG&E customers. The wind facility uses 70 German-built REpower MM92 turbines and is located on about 8,000 acres in Antelope Valley. EDF constructed the plant and operates it.

Nearby, a 143-megawatt Catalina solar power station is being finished and should be running by the end of 2012. When the wind is blowing, the turbines will generate electricity. (In California, winds usually are stronger at night.) During daylight hours, the solar plant will generate electricity. On days when there is strong wind and sunlight they will be active simultaneously, to the tune of about 283 MW of capacity. Also, having them close together allows EDF to take advantage of a new transmission line to send electricity to western population centers.

EDF isn’t done in the region, though — it is beginning to construct another renewable energy plant employing both wind and solar with a capacity of about 300 MW. 200MW will be from wind and the remainder from solar power. The Avalon energy plant will use the same transmission line the Pacific Wind Farm and Catalina Solar do. EDF explained, “Avalon Wind Project will connect into the 230kV transmission line that is currently under construction for the Catalina Solar and Pacific Wind Energy Projects, ultimately connecting to the SCE Whirlwind Substation located at the corner of Rosamond Avenue and 170th Avenue.”

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  • freedomev

    ——- While somewhat good both wind and solar are far better on homes and buildings saving retail electric costs directly without having to pay all the parasites from investors to utilities to transmission line owners.

    ———They take up no new land and little losses as the power is used either at the site or within a block or 2 cutting the need for more local line improvements and save or make the owners money in their pocket instead of paying 2-3x’s as much from the grid.

    ———- If solar thermal CSP you get both heat and power plus cheap storage as heat giving power 24-7 of best, at peak where it’s 2-5x’s as valuable.

    ————A better hybrid would be wind with solar CSP with it’s heat storage with waste biomass/garbage as a back up giving on demand power especially at peak times when it’s most valuable. But again this should be local and near the loads, not some distant place with the transmissiion line and losses cost.

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