Describes a method using linear programming principles and monthly average resource and load data to arrive at an optimal mix of wind and photovoltaics for system design. Storage or back up requirements are estimated by a numerical simulation of several TMY ("Typical Meteorological Year") sites with hourly data that relate system reliability and storage size. These factors are then combined to give a total system cost and reliability estimate for comparison with existing systems. Results indicate that the greatest increase in reliability for any given system occurs at about 25 to 30 hours of storage. Hybrid systems have lower storage requirements than solar or wind only systems.
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|State||Published - 1988|