As one of the region's leading research institution on wind energy, ISES has engaged in many research projects on wind and solar integration, resource assessment, and optimization in partnership with government and industry partners. ISES has played a role in the founding of The Arizona Wind Working Group (AzWWG) in 2001 with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America Program. Dr. Tom Acker, Director of ISES, is co-leader of the group along with Ms. Amanda Ormond. Here is a discription of research projects we have worked on and some resources that have resulted from them:
APS wind project
ISES researchers are evaluating the value and potential of distributed wind energy for residential use, using the Flagstaff area as a case study for Arizona Public Service Company, an Arizona utility. The project has three tasks: assess the existing homeowner valuation process for distributed residential wind energy; improve the methods of homeowner valuation of residential wind energy; and modeling wind energy potential for distributed, small wind turbine installations. Results of the study will be used to inform decisions on the use of distributed wind energy at Arizona Public Service Company.
SRP Wind/Solar Integration
ISES researchers worked with EnerNex and General Electric on a wind and solar integration study for the Salt River Project, an Arizona utility provider. The goal of the project was to develop planning estimates for the integration costs of increasing levels of wind and solar on SRP's system. NISES researchers are developing wind and solar production time series data for use in modeling the system with these higher levels of renewables. Results of the study will be used to inform system planning decision makers at Salter River Project.
NextEra: Wind and Solar Integration and Transmission optimization
ISES researchers are using existing wind data and data collection from the Solar Resource Assessment project to characterize the wind and solar resource in the region, including the quality, variability and potential complementary nature of the resources. This information will be sued to determine whether an interconnection to transmission can be optimized for utility-scale wind-and-solar co-location systems.
Additional Wind Resources