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Title: Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Community-Scale Solar Feasibility Study

Abstract

Parametrix Inc. conducted a feasibility study for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe to determine whether or not a community-scale solar farm would be feasible for the community. The important part of the study was to find where the best fit for the solar farm could be. In the end, a 3MW community-scale solar farm was found best fit with the location of two hayfield sites.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Parametrix
  2. Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Towaoc CO and Parametrix. Inc WA
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program (EE-2K)
OSTI Identifier:
1158692
Report Number(s):
DOE-UMUT-5634
DOE Contract Number:
EE0005634
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; Ute Mountain Ute Tribe; Community-scale solar farm assessment; Tribe; Tribal Energy

Citation Formats

Rapp, Jim, and Knight, Tawnie. Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Community-Scale Solar Feasibility Study. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.2172/1158692.
Rapp, Jim, & Knight, Tawnie. Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Community-Scale Solar Feasibility Study. United States. doi:10.2172/1158692.
Rapp, Jim, and Knight, Tawnie. Thu . "Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Community-Scale Solar Feasibility Study". United States. doi:10.2172/1158692. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1158692.
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year = {Thu Jan 30 00:00:00 EST 2014},
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