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Alexandra Aznar

Project Manager IV-Research


Alexandra is a project leader in the Integrated Decision Support group. She provides clean energy technical support to policymakers, regulators, and utilities around the world. Alexandra's expertise lies in strategic planning and analysis to support distributed photovoltaic (PV) adoption and grid modernization. She currently leads the USAID-NREL Partnership Portfolio and the Partnership's Distributed PV Program. Prior to joining NREL, she worked for a local planning department in Indiana on alternative transportation initiatives and at the Indiana University's Office of Sustainability on various sustainability efforts.

Research Interests

Clean energy policies and regulations, with a focus on distributed energy resources

Climate change impacts on natural resources (including energy systems and energy-water systems) and climate adaptation

Individual and institutional decision making around energy issues


Master of Public Affairs, Indiana University

Bachelor of Arts in Government, Claremont McKenna College

Featured Work

An Overview of Behind-the-Meter Solar-Plus-Storage Regulatory Design: Approaches and Case Studies to Inform International Applications, NREL Technical Report (2020)

Distributed Solar Quality and Safety in India: Key Challenges and Potential Solutions, NREL Technical Report (2020)

Advancing Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries: Lessons Learned from Low-Income Residential Experiences in Industrialized Countries, NREL Technical Report (2019)

Floating Photovoltaic Systems: Assessing the Technical Potential of Photovoltaic Systems on Man-Made Water Bodies in the Continental United States, Environmental Science and Technology Journal (2019)

The Status and Outlook of Distributed Generation Public Policy in Mexico, NREL Technical Report (2018)

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