Anthony Lopez is a lead researcher of cross-cutting projects in wind/solar energy potential, energy systems modeling, and spatiotemporal resource modeling. He is a member of the Geospatial Data Science Group of NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center. He supports project and technical leadership, scientific programming, and the strategic growth of the team. As a technical lead, Anthony is responsible for developing novel geocomputation methods, model-based solutions for real-world questions in renewable energy deployment, and project design from resource to capacity expansion to production cost modeling.

Research Interests

Renewable energy siting and land-use considerations

Effects of high penetration renewable energy

Techno-economic modeling


M.S., Geographic Information Science, University of Denver

B.S., Geography, University of Northern Colorado

Professional Experience

Independent Consultant (2019–2020)

Manager of Emerging Technologies, MAXAR (2018–2019)

NREL, Senior Geospatial Data Scientist (2009–2018)

GIS Specialist, SWCA Environmental Consultants (2007–2009)

Associations and Memberships

Member, American Association of Geographers

Featured Work

U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials: A GIS-Based Analysis, NREL Technical Report (2012)

The National Solar Radiation Data Base (NSRDB),” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2018)

"Relative Performance of Tracking Versus Fixed Tilt Photovoltaic Systems in the USA," Progress in Photovoltaics (2013) 

Evaluation of the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB Version 2): 1998–2015, NREL Technical Report (2017)

Capturing Inter-Annual Variability of PV Energy Production in South Asia, NREL Technical Report (2017)

"It's Indisputable: Five Facts About Planning and Operating Modern Power Systems," IEEE Power and Energy Magazine (2017) 

Temporal and Spatial Comparison of Gridded TMY, TDY, and TGY Data Sets, NREL Technical Report (2014)

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Awards and Honors

Chairman's Award, NREL (2014)