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NREL provides direct technical assistance to state and local governments on matters that require solar market expertise to either answer a time-sensitive question or to provide expert testimony on policy best practices. The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network is designed to answer questions that require approximately one to two weeks of a subject matter expert's time.

This service is available to qualified applicants through an application process at no cost. To request assistance through the STAT Network, fill out the request form and email this information to

Call for Letters of Interest

The STAT Network wants to help states in addressing the critical question or sub-questions below. To be considered for technical assistance, a state must submit a signed letter of interest from a high-level official who is part of the legislative or executive branch.

  • Critical Question: What strategies can your state use to stimulate economic development through the deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies?

  • What suite of solar PV policies and finance or incentive programs could be implemented in your state to maximize economic development opportunities?

  • If your state agency implements a solar policy or program or set of policies and programs, what economic development impacts can be expected?

  • What tools can be used for program evaluation?

  • How can your state prepare for future energy needs while maximizing economic development through the deployment of PV technologies?

  • What economic development impacts would a vibrant and robust solar market provide in your state?

  • What are best practices for solar development have been implemented in other states that could apply to your state?

Deadline for Letters of Interest

Responses must be submitted to NREL at no later than 5 p.m. ET on February 22, 2016.

Additional details are available.

Past Projects

City of Detroit | Detroit, MI

NREL is conducting an analysis of utility scale PV projects for the City.

City of Madison | Madison, WI

NREL is advising the city on financial models for using large, municipally owned sites such as water and sewer facilities to spur deployment of PV under Wisconsin's current utility rate structure.

City University of New York | New York, NY

NREL is providing engineering and technical assistance to create a request for proposals (RFP) to install a smart and resilient PV system at Queens College.

Denver Housing Authority | Denver, CO

NREL is providing technical assistance on how solar PV can be incorporated into a net zero energy housing development.

Ketchum Energy Advisory Committee (KEAC) | Ketchum, ID

NREL is partnering with Optony to help Ketchum develop a solar resource roadmap and to identify PV deployment potential for distributed and small utility-scale solar projects. NREL is also reviewing lease and PPA documents for solar projects on municipal facilities as well as providing assistance to the city on the proposed PPA rulings at the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.

Lansing Board of Water & Light | Lansing, MI

NREL is partnering with the Solar Electric Power Association to assist the municipal utility with incorporating solar into its integrated resource planning.

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DER)| Boston, MA

NREL is providing technical expertise for the DER energy integration and system planning support process to increase PV penetration.

Oregon Department of Energy | Bend, OR

NREL is working to develop a tool that can analyze state-specific solar soft costs from various data sources, which can consistently evaluate soft-cost reduction measures and prioritize future actions.

Utah Public Service Commission | Salt Lake City, UT

NREL reviewed a utility study on solar and wind capacity contributions to determine whether the methodology applied followed an NREL published methodology.

New York Power Authority | White Plains, NY

NREL presented a webinar on financing options for solar on schools for the NYPA's K-Solar program in March 2015.

Connecticut Green Bank | Rocky Hill, CT

NREL provided consultation on calculating a value of solar rate for the state based on the seven attributes outlined in the 2014 report, "Methods for Analyzing the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Photovoltaic Generation to the U.S. Electric Utility System."

The STAT Network is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative that is implemented in partnership with NREL.