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Published on Sep 14, 2011
BRITTON RESIDENCE: Solar and Wind Hybrid System
The Britton Residence features a state of the art Solar / Wind Hybrid System that includes a 2.180kW Solar PV array and the first of its kind 1kW UGE Grid-Tied Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) on a residential application in Chicago.
The 1kW UGE VAWT is anticipated to produce 2000kwh of electricity per year assuming an average wind speed of 12mph with the potential for 4,500kwh's in higher wind averages. Not affected by the direction of the wind, VAWT's make good use of wind in areas where the wind changes direction frequently or quickly, and ideal for rural, suburban and urban applications, including rooftop installations.
The Solar PV array is expected to produce a little over 210kwh a month or 2500+ kwh per year. The Solar PV system has built-in online monitoring that allows the homeowner to see real time data on the energy production of the system. In addition the ability to monitor each individual module for quick diagnostics.
The cost of Britton's renewable energy systems was made affordable with a 30% State Rebates and 30% Federal Tax Credits for renewable energy systems. Besides the financial benefits, these systems allow Britton to reduce her environmental impact by offsetting 18,895 pounds of carbon emissions per year that is equivalent to burning about 974 gallons of gasoline.
This Hybrid system is anticipated to off-set 90-100% of annual electric usage for the homeowner, making the Britton Residence potentially a net zero home.