By Kari Williamson
The companies believes that the combination of small wind turbines with microprocessor-controlled solar tracking technology could deliver more consistent energy and represent a new chapter in small-scale on-site power generation.
“We’re pleased to enter this partnership with ATR, which integrates today’s best small wind power technology with ATR’s solar tracking expertise, resulting in cost-effective renewable energy solutions for consumers and business owners,” says Scott Brown, Interim CEO of Southwest Windpower.
The initial wind and solar hybrid, Skystream Hybrid 6, uses a Skystream 3.7 small wind turbine, 6 solar panels and a GPS-controlled tracking mechanism that rotates the solar panels.
The solar panels and tracker are mounted on the wind turbine’s tower.
The Skystream Hybrid 6 will initially be available in the continental United States, followed by worldwide roll-out through Southwest Windpower’s global distribution network.