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806-771-7722 info@groupnire.com
5219 City Bank Pkwy, Ste. 260 Lubbock, Texas

About

Who We Are

Group NIRE was formed in 2010 by Texas Tech University to provide industry, government and academia with a field demonstration site to solve the challenges of integrating renewable energy sources and emerging energy-efficiency technologies with the electric grid—while ensuring that the grid is resilient and secure in the face of growing cybersecurity and extreme weather concerns.

Stretching over 2,000 acres, our field site provides optimal real-world conditions with consistent wind speeds throughout the year. This gives manufacturers a larger window of time to test a wind turbine or other distributed energy resources to their limits.

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VISION & VALUES

What Sets Us Apart

INNOVATING WITH OUR CLIENTS

We are passionate about helping our customers create transformative science and technology solutions to modernize the power grid. Our research facility is designed to allow manufacturers the ability to test and demonstrate their prototype technology in a real world environment.

REAL WORLD ENVIRONMENT

We believe simulating realistic scenarios in a controlled environment is good, but interconnecting that same technology on the electric grid is better. Our facility allows manufacturers to go beyond the lab and see how their solutions actually perform in the field.

WE WORK WITH CERTIFICATION BODIES

Our niche in the market is providing a plug and play facility for our customers. We are not an independent accredited certification company. Instead, companies like DNV-GL, UL and others provide that service for our customers at our facility.

OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH UTILITIES

Our success is largely due to long-term agreements with local utilities. The support from the utilities in West Texas allow for research projects to move quickly and safely.

Our Process

We will provide support during the development and construction phase of the project and will be the direct contact with the utilities, landowners and agencies to ensure that successful interconnection and coordination takes place at the pad site.

Our Team

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Mark Harral, JD

Chief Executive Officer

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Julie Balderas

Manager of Business Administration

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Grayson Ezzell, JD

General Counsel

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Joshua MacFie

Principal Electronics Engineer

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Timothy Sliwinski, PH.D

Project Manager for Meteorology and Data Science

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Sanka Liyanage, PH.D

Control Engineer

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Kolton Foster

Director of Operations & Energy Development

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Greg Salas

Field Site Technician

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Cyndi duPont

Associate of Business Administration

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