Small wind sector leader WindStream Technologies has developed and installed one of the world’s largest hybrid renewable energy projects on the rooftop of the law firm of Myers, Fletcher & Gordon in Kingston, Jamaica.
The project, which is comprised of 50 WindStream SolarMill units that will utilize both wind and solar resources, is expected to generate over 106,000kWh of renewable energy annually with a return on investment (ROI) of less than four years.
Energy cost savings during the system’s expected 25-year life cycle are expected to exceed US$2 million.
The installation is one cog in a greater effort by the Jamaican Public Service to allow for a larger expansion of renewable energy resources in the country, which has a cost of energy three times the average in the US.
Travis Campbell, COO of Windstream Technologies, said: “We are proud to be working with JPS, which is distributing our products within Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean. This SolarMill installation is an excellent model for other businesses to follow. If you are interested in energy efficiency and saving money, SolarMills are a simple, cost-effective solution.”
Each SolarMill unit is comprised of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT), solar panels and “smart” electronics. The unit is about the size of a solar panel and the energy generated from the unit can either be used off grid with a storage system or inverted to be used in grid applications.