Opening Remarks: Mark Harral, Group NIRE and Dr. M. Duane Nellis, Texas Tech University


Mark Harral

Group NIRE
Chief Executive Officer


Mark Harral’s introduction to renewable energy was negotiating a wind lease with BP to deploy thirty-four 2.5MW wind turbines in Pecos County, Texas. Subsequently, Texas Tech University employed Mr. Harral to develop an organizational structure for a testing and certification site at a former Air Force base – the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas.

The organizational structure was implemented by Texas Tech to create The National Institute for Renewable Energy with a for-profit wholly owned subsidiary known as Group NIRE. This structure enabled Alstom Power Inc. to deploy a 1.67MW Eco 86 wind turbine at the Reese Technology Center. The testing and certification site has continued to expand to include a 1MW/hr Utility-Scale Battery, Gamesa’s G114 2MW Prototype, as well as the DOE-SNL Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility initiative. Mr. Harral oversaw project development, construction and management activities for the majority of the site. Mr. Harral has developed a commercial 80MW wind farm and negotiated the sale of the asset to a leading owner/operator of wind farms in the United States.

Since May 2013, Mr. Harral has served as the CEO of Group NIRE. He also serves as an expert witness in wind energy litigation cases. To date, Mr. Harral has testified in arbitration cases concerning warranty disputes between manufacturers and owners with over $90M in disputes. Mr. Harral graduated from Texas Tech School of Law with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence after receiving a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.


Dr. M. Duane Nellis

Texas Tech University


Dr. M. Duane Nellis was named the 16th president of Texas Tech University on March 22, 2013, and began serving as president in June 2013. As an internationally recognized scholar and national higher education leader, President Nellis has been committed to enhancing Texas Tech University’s presence as a top tier national public research university through efforts that promote even greater levels of student success, academic quality and reputation, research and creative activities, and outreach dimensions. Nellis has defined Texas Tech 21st century pillars of excellence around such themes as being more entrepreneurial, more engaged, with a commitment to inter-disciplinary activities and global connections, while enhancing diversity. Nellis serves as chief executive officer of a university with more than 35,000 students, 1,400 faculty and 4,000 staff, and a budget of over $800 million. As the flagship university of the Texas Tech University System, Texas Tech was the first university in the state of Texas to qualify for National Research University funding (NRUF) and is a Carnegie high research activity national research university.

“Opening Remarks”


TIME:  8:30 AM – 8:40 AM


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