We offer intelligent solutions based on innovation, reliability and customized services. We create opportunities for success through trusted and reliable partnerships. Group NIRE advances renewable energy technologies to improve the environment and promote energy self-sustainability.
Affiliated with the National Institute for Renewable Energy and with the National Wind Resource Center, Group NIRE is a renewable energy development company.
Mark A. Harral, JD
Chief Executive Officer
Originally, Mark Harral's introduction to renewable energy was negotiating a wind lease with British Petroleum to deploy thirty-four 2.5MW wind turbines. This project has been commissioned and is known as the Shibino II wind farm in Pecos County, Texas. Subsequently, Texas Tech University employed Harral to manage a 15MW Pantex project which would have received federal funding through President Obama's line item budget. After federal funding had been removed for the project, Harral assisted with the development of an organizational structure to allow research for organizations like Texas Tech to be conducted on wind farms.
The organizational structure developed was implemented by Texas Tech to create The National Institute for Renewable Energy with a for-profit wholly owned subsidiary known as Group NIRE. This structure enabled Alstom Power Inc. to deploy a 1.67MW Eco 86 wind turbine at the Reese Technology Center. During that project, Mr. Harral oversaw all project development and management activities. Currently, Mr. Harral is the point of contact of the DOE-SNL Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility initiative for Group NIRE working with TTU and SNL. Mark graduated from Texas Tech School of Law with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence after receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He also servers as an expert witness in wind energy litigation cases.
Loyd Rinehart, Director
Mr. Rinehart is the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer of Smartfield, Inc. an agricultural information firm. He has many years of experience in the fields of financial services, wireless communications and manufactured housing markets. Mr. Rinehart's experience spans both private and public firms in addition to non-profit organizations. He has served on numerous boards including utility boards. Mr. Rinehart is a Certified Public Accountant.