A “wave” of new projects is coming to use wind, solar, and battery storage in ways that will stabilize grids, increase efficiencies and lower power costs.

Renewables are shedding their individual identities as wind and solar become clean energy MWhs.

Though no full-scale hybrid projects co-locating both resources and energy storage have been built in the U.S. and few are online around the world, the U.S. renewables industries are taking on barriers such as interconnection, dispatch and compensation challenges, according to speakers at the 2019 American Wind Energy Association’s Windpower conference.

“It’s like the storm is brewing. It hasn’t coalesced yet, but hybrid projects are absolutely the future.”

Rhonda Peters

Consulting Principal, InterTran Energy

For the first time, the conference featured multiple sessions on the trials and opportunities of these hybrid renewables projects. In line with the ambitious resource partnerships among renewable energy groups, next year’s conference will be rebranded Cleanpower 2020.

Developers of hybrid projects “are gearing up,” InterTran Energy Consulting Principal Rhonda Peters, who has long worked on regulatory obstacles to hybrid projects, told Utility Dive. “It’s like the storm is brewing. It hasn’t coalesced yet, but hybrid projects are absolutely the future.”