A hybrid renewable energy project was recently commissioned for the rooftop of a prominent law firm in Kingston, Jamaica. Developed by WindStream Technologies, a publicly listed company (OTCQB: WSTI) based in Indiana, it is a leader in the small wind sector. This urban installation consists of 50 WindStream SolarMill units to harness available wind and solar resources. The installation is designed to generate over 106,000 kWh of renewable energy annually, (25kW of wind and 55kW of solar) with a return on investment (ROI) of less than four years. Over the course of the projected 25-year life span, the energy cost savings are expected to exceed $2 million. WindStream competed for and was awarded the project for its ability to maximize energy production and ROI within the confines of limited roof space.
The MFG SolarMill installation is a part of a larger effort by Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to provide greater access to renewable energy solutions in a country where the cost of energy is over three times the US average.
The SolarMill is a distributed energy technology consisting of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT), solar panels and proprietary “smart” electronics. The energy generated by each SolarMill can either be used off grid with a storage system or inverted for use in grid-tied applications. Occupying the roof space about the size of a solar panel, each SolarMill provides the highest energy density currently available in the renewable market. Made in the USA, WindStream recently opened an office in Hyderabad, India, and secured distribution agreements in Turkey, Ghana, Liberia, New Zealand, and Tanzania. Currently, WindStream products generate power on five continents around the world.