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      RENEWABLES IN THE DESERT SOUTHWEST: SUSTAINABLE, SUITABLE, AND SUPPLEMENTARY

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          INTRODUCTION

          Testing and resource assessment for Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma have shown that renewable energy can provide a significant portion of the energy needs for the region. The Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M University has been collecting resource data since 1978 and placing test projects for specific research topics for renewables at WTAMU and selected field sites. The potential for renewables and how they have merged into the existing grid and community/home/ranch use shows that these technologies have a place in the region of the Texas/Oklahoma panhandles. The potential for power production with reduced use of water is also important for this region.

          This paper presents the success stories, the potential downsides, and the lessons learned from 30 years of renewable energy research. The focus is to provide evidence that renewables have a place in the energy plans of the Desert Southwest, and if properly placed and planned, are a long-term sustainable energy solution.

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                Journal
                jgrb
                Journal of Green Building
                College Publishing
                1552-6100
                1943-4618
                1943-4618
                Spring 2013
                : 8
                : 2
                : 16-26
                Author notes

                aAssociate Professor, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT 06516, USA

                bAlternative Energy Institute, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas 79016, USA

                Article
                jgb.8.2.16
                10.3992/jgb.8.2.16
                ©2013 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

                Volumes 1-10 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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                Pages: 11
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