HVDC Transmission and Solar Power in the US Southwest


In this paper, we examine the economic viability of two new energy technologies when implemented in the US Southwest. The first technology of interest is a long distance high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link between Texas and Southern California that is constructed using a so-called “nanowire” technology. The second technology is grid-connected photovoltaic solar power. We investigate the potential value of these technologies by examining how profitable they would likely have been if they had been available in 2003.