NREL in the Community

NREL's commitment to the community includes public tours, stakeholder outreach, and charitable giving efforts.

In-Person Tours

NREL offers in-person, staff-led tours of its South Table Mountain campus, in Golden, Colorado, to U.S. citizens 18 and older interested in learning about our research and work producing clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution. Register for an in-person NREL campus tour.

Virtual Campus Tours

We also offer virtual, staff-led tours to the public. The virtual tour is a high-level overview of the South Table Mountain campus in Golden, Colorado; the Flatirons Campus in Arvada, Colorado; and our far-north Alaska campus in Fairbanks. Register for a virtual NREL campus tour.

In addition, we offer virtual tours designed for students. Register for a tour for students in grades 4–8 or grades 9–12.

For collegiate tour requests, contact Collegiate Visits.

For questions, contact the NREL Visits Team.

Aerial view of NREL's South Table Mountain campus, with the mountains in the background

Learn about NREL construction projects that will support a clean energy future.

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NREL's Spirit of Giving

NREL staff rise to the occasion and lend support to their community. This year, we engaged virtually and in person, raised funds and donated supplies, and volunteered in the field, demonstrating how we can make an impact and support causes.

NREL employees pick up trash from the side of the road

During a cleanup at Crown Hill Park, a group of NREL employees collected 11.1 pounds of trash (most of this was cigarette butts) and 1.6 pounds of recycling. Photo from ESCAPES

In summer 2022, a group of NRELians led by Giving Co-Chair Clay Sumner installed rooftop solar panels on a home in Thornton, Colorado. Photo from Cameron Patterson, GRID Alternatives


2023 Giving Campaign

NREL raised $633,000 supporting more than 500 charities and cause areas.

This included employee donations, volunteerism, and support; partnerships; and contributions from the Alliance for Sustainable Energy.

NREL in the Community

NREL contributed nearly $110,000 through its giving partnerships, volunteering, and employee support.

Employee engagement through volunteering and drives benefited more than 60 diverse causes and agencies.