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Cleanfield combines wind and solar for eco park


July 15, 2010
by PLANT staff

TORONTO: Cleanfield Alternative Energy Inc., a supplier of vertical axis wind turbine solutions, announced that it will install two of its 3.5kW turbines and a 10kW solar photovoltaic system for the Catholic Youth Organization (C.Y.O.) at its Marydale Park project in Hamilton.

According to John Spatazzo, C.Y.O. executive director, Marydale will be the first barrier-free, eco-friendly park of its kind in Ontario.

Since solar panels produce the most energy during the day and in summer months, and wind turbines are most productive at night and in the winter months, this combination enhances the power capture and conversion capabilities.

With its eye on becoming a major supplier of hybrid renewable energy systems, Cleanfield is currently developing an inverter to capture and convert energy using both solar photovoltaic panels and wind turbines for commercial, institutional and residential applications. Its proprietary wind inverter, which has already been proven in a variety of applications, is being modified to accommodate solar panels.

"By reducing the park’s reliance on increasingly expensive electricity from the grid, it’s estimated that the system could provide a double-digit annual return on investment over the next twenty years," said Tony Verrelli, CEO of Cleanfield.

As the park grows, Cleanfield plans to add four more turbines to the installation.