Faith Technologies Helps Build First-of-its-Kind Solar-Wind Hybrid Project
Pelican Rapids, Minn. (November 21, 2018) – Faith Technologies, an energy expert and national leader in electrical planning, engineering, design and installation, in partnership with Juhl Energy and General Electric (GE), recently began work on a first-of-its-kind solar-wind hybrid project in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.
This new solar-wind hybrid will provide clean, low cost, locally generated and renewable energy to the Lake Region Electric Cooperative. The hybrid will have a large wind turbine that will help generate clean energy on windy or cloudy days, and solar panels that will generate electricity on sunny days.
“Faith is proud to be an integral part of designing and building the first solar-wind hybrid in the U.S.,” Charlie Fredrickson, vice president of investments at Faith Technologies, said. “This hybrid gives us the ability to move away from fossil fuels and be reliant on green technologies, which are better for the environment.”
Faith Technologies serves as the engineer procure construct (EPC) partner on the project, which will use a wind turbine from GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business, supported by 500KW of photovoltaic solar panels.
“Distributed energy will play a major role in the implementation of renewable energy in the U.S. electrical market for years to come,” Dan Juhl, founder and CEO of Juhl Energy, said. “The energy transmission and capacity cost savings from the project will help provide rate stability for the entire cooperative membership.”
The project broke ground in September 2018, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.