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NREL in the Community

NREL organizes tours and lecture series for the public to learn about our research, sustainable campus, and positive impact in the local community.

NREL’s Flatirons Campus / National Wind Technology Center

Campus Upgrades

The U.S. Department of Energy and NREL are making substantial investments at the Flatirons Campus/National Wind Technology Center designed to expand our energy systems, power grid, and storage technology research capabilities. As part of that investment, we’re upgrading site’s electrical transmission lines, which requires placing additional utility poles. During that work, you may see workers with breathing protection. This personal protective gear is necessary for compliance with new OSHA rules for construction on federal sites where the soil may be sandy, and the sand might become airborne. This construction will likely last into October. Please contact public.affairs@nrel.gov with any questions.  

Public Tours and Community Programs

NREL staff lead programs for interested community members. Programs include an introduction to NREL and discussions about innovations in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies as well as campus and building tours. 

Walking Campus Tour

Visitors to our main Golden campus will learn about our research and see how we are demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution.

Tours are available at no charge and are held the third Monday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The tour is a vigorous, outdoor walking tour, so visitors are urged to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Tours start at the NREL Education Center.

Participants must be 18 or older, a U.S. Citizen, and have a photo ID. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Email the public tour organizer or call 303-384-6565 to make a reservation.

Power Lunch Lecture Series

NREL's monthly Power Lunch Lecture Series highlights cutting-edge research at NREL and topics of interest to the community. Visit the events calendar for all programs.


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