Travis Lowder

Project Manager IV-Research


Travis Lowder is a Project Manager with the Integrated Applications Center focusing on solar PV policy and finance, DER innovations, and decision support for policymakers via analysis and training. Prior to joining the IAC, Travis served as the head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for a national solar company, coordinating the company’s internal strategy with the dynamics of the external solar market. He began his career as an Analyst with NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center, performing both quantitative and qualitative analyses on a range of renewable energy technologies and markets.

Research Interests

Renewable energy project finance

Energy policy design and implementation

DER aggregation

Blockchain applications in energy transactions


M.A. International Development, University of Denver

B.A. English, University of Colorado

Featured Work

Publicly Supported Solar Loan Programs: A Guide for States and Municipalities, Clean Energy States Alliance (2017)

Evolving Distributed Generation Support Mechanisms: Case Studies from United States, Germany, United Kingdom, and Australia, NREL Technical Report (2017)

PV Project Finance in the United States, 2016. Terms, Trends, and Insights, NREL Brochure (2016)

U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System Cost Benchmark: Q1 2016, NREL Technical Report (2016)

Virginia Solar Pathways Project. Economic Study of Utility-Administered Solar Programs: Soft Costs, Community Solar, and Tax Normalization Considerations, NREL Technical Report (2016)