Jemez Pueblo solar power study

Tom L Acker, Cherise John, Kaelyn DeVore, Steven Tallas, Mehrdad Khatibi, Nader Vadiee, Jonathan West, Matthew Collins, Tomzak Billie, Stan Atcitty

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Abstract

Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) conducted a pre- feasibility study for utility-scale solar power on the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico. Student groups at NAU and SIPI analyzed four different 40-MW solar power projects to understand whether or not such plants built on tribal lands are technically and financially feasible. The NREL System Advisor Model (SAM) was employed to analyze the following four alternatives: fixed, horizontal-axis photovoltaic (PV); fixed, tilted-at-latitude PV; horizontal, single-axis tracking PV; and a solar-thermal "power tower" plant. Under supervision from faculty, the student teams predicted the energy production and net present value for the four options. This paper presents details describing the solar power plants analyzed, the results of the SAM analyses, and a sensitivity analysis of the predicted performance to key input variables. Overall, solar power plants on the Jemez Pueblo lands appear to pass the test for financial feasibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication43rd ASES National Solar Conference 2014, SOLAR 2014, Including the 39th National Passive Solar Conference and the 2nd Meeting of Young and Emerging Professionals in Renewable Energy
PublisherAmerican Solar Energy Society
Pages1129-1136
Number of pages8
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9781510801790
StatePublished - 2014
Event43rd ASES National Solar Conference 2014, SOLAR 2014, Including the 39th National Passive Solar Conference and the 2nd Meeting of Young and Emerging Professionals in Renewable Energy - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Jul 6 2014Jul 10 2014

Other

Other43rd ASES National Solar Conference 2014, SOLAR 2014, Including the 39th National Passive Solar Conference and the 2nd Meeting of Young and Emerging Professionals in Renewable Energy
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period7/6/147/10/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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