History of the Southwest Technology Development Institute


The Southwest Technology Development Institute (SWTDI) was founded in 1977 as a renewable energy research and development center. The Institute is a non-profit, university-based organization housed in the College of Engineering on the main campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The Institute’s focus is on the development, transfer, promotion, and commercialization of renewable energy technologies. SWTDI provides contract services for systems analysis, program implementation, business development, feasibility studies, market studies, computer modeling, and educational computer kiosks.

SWTDI has accumulated extensive domestic and international experience with a variety of renewable energy technologies. SWTDI expertise includes photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, geothermal, alternative fuels, evaporative air-conditioning, micro-hydroelectric, aquaculture, biomass, energy efficiency, minority education, traffic monitoring, environmental systems, bioremediation, and waste management.

SWTDI is an internationally recognized applied research and development center for solar and wind energy systems, geothermal research, energy systems simulation, resource assessment, and environmental analysis.

Photovoltaic (Solar) Energy

SWTDI operates the Southwest Region Experiment Station, which is a three-acre test and evaluation facility on the NMSU campus established by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1980. The SWRES has tested thousands of photovoltaic, solar thermal, and wind energy systems on-site and in the field.

Engineers provide design assistance, systems monitoring, and acceptance testing of installed systems. The SWRES also assists with solar and wind energy program development and implementation, project feasibility assessments, business plans, and standards development.

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