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What is WISE?

WISE is a residential size demonstration system developed to generate electricity from wind and solar energy. The system is located on the Frostburg State University campus.

WISE consists of a 1.8-kW wind turbine (Skystream 3.7) on a 45' monopole tower and a 2-kW roof-mounted PV array. The grid-tie system supplements grid power supplying a residential type building on campus named "Fuller House"...

The PV part of the system started to generate electricity on June 8, 2007. The wind turbine started to operate on a temporary tower of 33' on July 6, 2007. The turbine was later installed on a 45' monopole tower and the system became fully operational on September 8, 2007.

Why is the system named WISE?

WISE is not simply an acronym for "Wind and Solar Energy." It also signifies the advantages of combining two environmentally friendly renewable resources to provide sustainable energy supply for a better future. The generation chart and data presented on the right show that solar and wind generation complement each other to make the total energy output more uniform as the seasonal weather conditions change. An optimal combination of the wind and solar components improves the energy output of the system increasing the efficiency of small scale power generation for residential use.

Where is WISE Located?

WISE is located FSU Campus at 19 Braddock Rd, Frostburg, MD 21532. The building is named "Fuller House."