The nation’s first integrated wind-solar system installed at a public school delivers clean energy and smart grid management
PORTLAND, Maine — April 22, 2015 — Pika Energy, a Maine-based manufacturer of residential wind turbines and wind-solar hybrid systems, and GenPro Energy Solutions, a South Dakota-based provider of customized energy solutions, announced they have completed the installation of a wind-solar hybrid energy system for Ravenna Public Schools in Ravenna, Nebraska. Funded by a private grant, it is the first integrated wind-solar hybrid installation in the country at a public school.
“I am excited to use this technology as an educational opportunity for our students,” said Dwaine Uttecht, Superintendent of Ravenna Public Schools. “We are able to easily see the energy output for the wind turbine and solar panel and use them as a comparison with the traditional electricity consumption. We use this renewable energy at our Youth Center that is a safe place for students to work on homework and build relationships with their peers.”
The hybrid system enables Ravenna Public Schools to generate power from two forms of energy – wind and solar. The installation includes a Pika T701 Home Wind Turbine and a ground-mounted solar array, connected in parallel to a Pika X3001 Hybrid Inverter. Rather than requiring a separate inverter for each energy source, Pika’s REbus™ DC Nanogrid enables Ravenna to combine both power sources to the utility AC grid through the larger central inverter. This approach is more economical, offers flexibility in site layout and design, and enables smarter grid management. Ravenna can access information about all of its renewable energy sources and electrical loads from a single web-based interface.
“The integration of multiple renewable technologies allows us to offer a solution for our clients that maximizes independent energy production,” says Jeremy Anderson, GenPro’s President who directed the installation team at Ravenna Public Schools. “Pika’s system offers two renewable technologies that absolutely complement each other.”
“Wind-solar hybrid energy systems are ideal for campus settings because they can make the most out of the resources available even on a small footprint. We are really proud to have our technology installed at Ravenna High School,” says Ben Polito, President and Co-founder of Pika Energy. “In addition to generating clean energy, our REbus Nanogrid lets students monitor energy production, and hopefully get excited about a career in renewable energy.”
About GenPro Energy Solutions
GenPro Energy Solutions is a recognized leader in customized energy solutions. Based in Piedmont, South Dakota, it is the largest full-line renewable and energy efficiency distributor in the Mid-West and is the region’s foremost expert on renewable energy integration and product offerings. GenPro aggregates systems and technology to respond to a need, partnering with municipalities, utilities, state and national governments and commercial businesses on projects ranging from the design and specification energy efficient lighting systems to the development of utility-grade solar energy production. GenPro has a NABCEP, SEI and ASES certified design team with hands-on installation experience throughout North America. GenPro is currently supporting projects from Alaska to The Bahamas. For more information, please visit: www.genproenergy.com.
About Pika Energy
Pika Energy, Inc. is a Westbrook, Maine-based manufacturer of direct current (DC) power electronics, including the Pika Energy Island™system. All Pika Energy products are powered by the REbus™DC nanogrid. Pika Energy’s products provide grid-optional clean power that enables buildings to collect, store and self-consume energy from solar and wind sources. Learn more at www.pika-energy.com.
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