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Greening the Texas Grid

Greening the Texas Grid: Smart energy solutions to power Texas

Climate change, urbanization, and water and energy shortages call for innovative solutions. Dr. Tongdan Jin, associate professor of engineering at Texas State and an expert in photovoltaics and wind power, is up to the challenge. Thanks to a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, teams from Texas State and three other universities are working on BGREEN: Building a Regional Energy and Educational Network. The program prepares students and graduates to develop renewable energy sources that will help put Texas — and the nation — on track to a sustainable future.


The big energy state

  • Texas: Number one in the nation for wind energy generation and solar potential
  • 3,000,000+: Current households that could be powered by wind and solar energy
  • 200+: Annual days of sunshine
  • 10,394: Megawatt capacity of installed wind turbines

Sources: Office of the Governor of Texas: Economic Development and Tourism Division; State Energy Conservation Office


Rising Star - Dr. Tongdan Jin

Tongdan Jin

Dr. Tongdan Jin is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. Read the Q&A.