September 20, 2011
A 20-square mile desert ghost town will soon be a green technology testing ground. Pegasus Global Holdings plans to build a testing center in New Mexico modeled after a typical mid-sized American City. The replica town will enable testing of renewable energy, smart transportation and next generation wireless networks in a way that mirrors the real world. Pegasus says the purpose of the replica city is to provide testing and evaluation of green technologies and innovations to determine the benefits and costs they would have on our existing infrastructure.
The proposed design, called The Center, is based on a town with a population of 35,000 with a complete working infrastructure. There will be urban, suburban and rural areas complete with roads, buildings, power, water and telecommunications. The Center will allow private companies, non-for-profits, educational and government agencies to test innovations in a real world setting.
In the field of green energy, there are challenges integrating new technologies into dated infrastructure. Pegasus says The Center will help drill down the cost of introducing solar, wind and smart grid technologies in a real world setting to help determine the next steps to success. For example, developers of solar technology could measure how their systems could be used in multiple households with different thermostat settings. The nearly $200 million dollar testing center will be the first of its kind in the U.S.