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Source: Invenergy

How A Renewable Energy Company Is Combining Solar And Wind Power

By Kristin Hunt

Generating steady clean energy has always been an issue for engineers, since they’re subject to the fickle forces of nature. The sun is only up for half the day — and even when it is, clouds can get in the way of solar panels converting the light into energy. 

Meanwhile, the wind only picks up for limited periods, usually at night, giving turbines a brief window to transform the kinetic energy of the breeze into power.

But what if we could combine solar and wind energy into a hybrid source of electricity? That’s the basic idea behind Invenergy, a Chicago-based firm that’s striving to offer clean energy at all hours of the day.