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AWEA 2018: Co-location of US wind and solar is not the answer

UNITED STATES: Outgoing American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) chairman Tristan Grimbert believes co-location of wind and solar projects "does not make a lot of sense" in the US.

Outgoing AWEA chair and EDF Renewables North America CEO Tristan Grimbert (left) with new chair Steve Lockard, CEO of TPI composites
Outgoing AWEA chair and EDF Renewables North America CEO Tristan Grimbert (left) with new chair Steve Lockard, CEO of TPI composites

Speaking to journalists at AWEA’s Windpower 2018 in Chicago (7-10 May), Grimbert, CEO of EDF Renewables’ US branch said potential savings at co-location sites are only made on the transmission side.

"In general, we are very much in favour of a diverse energy mix. Having different types of technology on the grid is a good thing.

"The co-location of different technology on the same site is not necessarily the best. It makes sense on solar-plus-storage, because the predictability of the solar is high.

"You also have clipped energy so you might as well fill your battery and also you benefit from the ITC on the solar site.

"We looked at [co-location] in the past and the savings that you can realise are really only on the connection side and you have to curtail production anyway.

"There could be some areas where  it makes sense but in general I don’t think it makes a lot of sense to co-locate because the two activities have different restraints.

"So yes, a hybrid grid but not necessarily a hybrid project."

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is holding its Windpower 2018 conference and exhibition in Chicago (7-10 May). Windpower Monthly will bring all of the coverage from the show across the week. www.windpowermonthly.com/awea-2018 

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