May 15, 2009
As part of President Obama's $9.9 billion Energy Department budget, Texas Tech University has been named a research partner on the Pantex Renewable Energy Project.
With a proposed budget of $28 million, the project includes the creation of a wind farm for the Pantex plant near Amarillo. The project also marks the nation's largest collaborative research wind farm, a joint venture between Texas Tech and the Department of Energy.
Andy Swift (pictured), director of the Wind Science and Engineering Center at Texas Tech, said the project indicates "a serious commitment by the administration to move our country forward in renewable energy." The President has outlined a policy goal of 25 percent renewable energy by 2025