Commercial operation has begun at Western Wind Energy’s Kingman I wind and solar project in Mohave County, Arizona. The 10.5MW project is the first purpose-built joint wind and solar project in North America and the electricity generated will be sold to Unisource Electric Services.
Kingman I combines five Gamesa G-90 2MW wind turbine generators with 500kW of solar panels on a single-axis tracking system. The site was energized on August 30 and started producing energy for the grid on September 16.
“This is a ground-breaking, game-changing development in the renewable energy industry where two completely separate types of technology and renewable fuel sources are integrated at the very beginning as a combined facility,” Western Wind Energy CEO Jeff Ciachurski said. “Integration of multiple renewable fuel sources allows for the maximisation of existing transmission infrastructure by having a greater range of time of day availability.”