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$1.1 Billion Economic Impact

Jobs, partnerships, research accomplishments, and community activities—see how they all add up to NREL's $1.1 billion economic impact nationwide.

Read more about NREL's economic impact in the March 2019 news release.

Region

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$1.1B
in the United States
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$748M
in Colorado
Jefferson County, Colorado map
$413M
in Jefferson County
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122
STEM outreach events hosted for 11K+ students and 330 teachers
28K+
visitors to NREL's campus and Education Center
43K+
connections through community outreach
739
active partnership agreements
513
partners
$80M
in new partnership value
73
universities
$26.3M
in total economic activity
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Honored with 63 R&D 100 awards, known as the "Oscars of Innovation," to date
843
patents and patent applications to date
37,788
publications to date
Staff
Nearly 64% have an advanced degree, and more than 31% have a Ph.D.
Top 10
employer in Jefferson County
1,745
full- and part-time employees
175
student employees
NREL's research contributed to a:
96%
drop in solar energy costs related to improvements in cell design, module reliability, and materials
78%
decrease in cellulosic ethanol costs due to new efficiencies from biochemical processes and fermentation catalysts
90%
fall in wind energy costs from advances in blade design, turbine gearboxes, and controls

Based on a study by the University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business funded by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC. Data is for NREL's Fiscal Year 2017 unless otherwise noted.