Pika Energy* makes a hybrid solar power/wind power system for homes. This offering is designed to take advantage of the strengths of both of those forms of renewable energy. In other words, solar power generation tapers off at the times of day that wind is strong, so combining solar and wind results in an energy system that can continuously provide clean, renewable electricity.
“A typical wind/solar hybrid Pika system will cost $20,000-$25,000 installed, and a Pika wind-only system will typically cost $15,000 installed. We have DIY options and support available, too, for the customer who is more hands-on and looking to defray some of the upfront costs. The cost of payback varies significantly depending upon the wind resource, solar resource, cost of electricity, local and national incentives, and cost variations due to site specifics,” said Pika engineer Phillip Swanson. The system allows 2 kW of solar panels to be connected and combined with the wind turbine’s output, and it has a capacity of 1.5 kW.
Diversifying the natural, clean sources of electricity production is a smart thing thing to do in order to balance them. On a cloudy day with some wind, the turbine would be spinning and help make up for the lower amount of electricity created by the solar panels. On a sunny day with little wind, the solar panels would obviously be the more productive technology.
What do you do on days with bright sunlight and strong winds? You make a lot of electricity, maybe even more than you need. Currently, Pika does not offer energy storage products, but its systems can be integrated with them.
“Currently we support most battery chemistries and battery banks with nominal voltages ranging from 24V-48V DC. We are especially excited about emerging battery technologies such at the Tesla Powerwall, and also Aquion batteries. Energy storage is a quickly developing field, and Pika’s engineers are constantly improving products to ensure we are compatible with the widest range of batteries possible,” explained Swanson.
Naturally, that is great news because any excess electricity generated by the Pika system can be stored in battery technology. Energy storage products are very new to the market, so the initial costs will eventually begin to fall. It will be possible to have complete renewable energy generation and storage in the near future.
If you were interested in wind power alone, Pika has that kind of system as well. But wouldn’t you be more interested in a system that has both solar and wind power?
Image Credits: Pika Energy
*This article was kindly supported by Pika Energy.