Alternative Energy Exchange Program

Ben Briscoe

NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX--Some industry insiders call it the new international space race. Countries around the world are scrambling to develop sources of alternative energy.

Right now, the U.S. is falling behind some European and Asian nations.  But a program right here in the Panhandle hopes to help change that.

West Texas A&M's Alternative Energy Institute is bringing in interns from all over the globe. The program lets U.S. workers pick the brains of people from successful alternative energy rich countries.

For example two French interns there now say the U.S. should have more subsidies for wind and solar energy. That strategy has lead to widespread use of solar panels in their home country.