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NREL’s 40 Years of Innovation Honored by ACORE

March 15, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been lauded for its four decades of contributions to technology and industry growth by the American Council of Renewable Energy (ACORE).

The national industry association presented NREL Director Martin Keller with its “Technology Advancement & Industry Impact Award” in an evening event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C

"Since its inception in 1977, NREL has repeatedly delivered the technological improvements that have enabled the incredible expansion we've seen in the renewable energy sector," ACORE's President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Wetstone said.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of NREL, the nation’s premier institution for advanced energy innovation. DOE’s national laboratory located in Golden, Colo. will celebrate its long history of successful energy R&D in a series of on-campus and national events throughout the year.

“It’s an honor to receive such significant recognition from a national industry group of ACORE’s standing,” Keller said in accepting the award. “All of us at the Lab want to thank our industry partners, and we look forward to many more decades of energy research to benefit the nation.”

NREL joined Google and Amazon in receiving awards at the event.  Tech giants Google and Amazon each received ACORE’s “Corporate Innovation and Industry Leadership Award,” for their rapid adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to power their operations.

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.