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The Inspiration for the Amarillo Cleantech

March 13, 2017

My move to Amarillo from Austin is complete.  Upon my son's request to move closer to him, and in the face of a major wind power boom, I packed up a U-Haul at the end of my lease in January and signed a new lease on February 2nd after driving all night into Amarillo.  It was a relatively straightforward decision based on family and the future of my work!  

 

Before moving to the Texas Panhandle, I was befuddled on how to manage shuttling between Austin and Plainview, where my son lives with his mother.  Plainview is at least 430 miles away from Austin, and it is a solid day of driving.  I was unsure about how to grow my energy operating company business in a weakened economic environment, much less in an environment outside Austin with its strong and seasoned cleantech industry.      

 

Close to Plainview and within the Pandhandle, I initially felt that Amarillo was the best fit considering the circumstances.  I fondly remembered prior business conducted up here with my Rotary mentor Dave Norris when he was among the leadership team at Happy State Bank some years ago.  Our time together and the friendly, eclectic atmosphere drew me to the Amarillo community and confirmed my initial feelings.  

 

Further study confirmed that the Texas Panhandles is in the midst of a growing wind boom supported by the Texas CREZ line transmission system.  The Panhandle has a growing cleantech manufacturing base with heavy rail and interstate systems that can transport raw, work-in-process, and/or finished goods to Long Beach, California.  

I also have triumphantly found excellent coffee at the Palace Coffee Co. in Amarillo, which helped soften the blow from my Austin move.  Good coffee is core to CleanCo!    


Our new journey begins with the Amarillo Cleantech, an extension of my work into a new and growing cleantech market.  I am confident that we can find solutions to today's challenges in the Texas Panhandle through cleantech solutions:

 

  • What to do with cattle feedlot excrement waste and heavy water usage?

 

  • How can we electrify communities with solar and energy storage in conjunction with wind?

 

  • Where can we create cleantech training opportunities and spur entrepreneurship?

 

  • Who will help step up and lead the community in driving sustainable change?

 

  • How can we electrify transportation and mass transit assets?

 

I am excited about seeing CleanCo Energie help answer these questions together with our Amarillo community and our leadership.  Please come out and join us if you are in the Texas Panhandle area for our first Amarillo Cleantech meetup on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 7:00pm in the Palace Coffee Co. on 34th Avenue!

 

 

 

 

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