Assistance for Early Adopters

NREL offers targeted technical and analytical assistance to help communities and organizations across the country adopt and apply insights developed through the Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN).

The Innovation Network brings together diverse teams of stakeholders to research solutions to real-world challenges associated with solar energy adoption. One of the objectives of the Innovation Network is to enable other stakeholders facing similar challenges to employ the solutions generated through the program. Adapting solutions requires its own innovation, so SEIN staff at NREL offer limited technical assistance to selected requestors on a rolling basis.

What Assistance Is Provided?

The provided technical assistance is designed to be compact in terms of duration and scope. New topics of focus will be announced periodically. Further details and commonly asked questions from past replication efforts can be found in a SEIN blog post from December 2022. 

Requests for Assistance Are Currently Closed

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The scope and type of assistance provided will be determined based on the needs of the requestor and nature of the relevant innovation and required adaptation. Examples of assistance may include consultations with subject matter experts, analysis and contextualization of site-specific data, and document review, depending on the topic and questions. Assistance is intended to inform decisions or actions undertaken by the requestor and is provided at no cost to the requestor. Assistance will include only limited modeling where appropriate.

Who Is Eligible?

Assistance in applying lessons learned from the Innovation Network is open to all U.S.-based stakeholders, including but not limited to government entities, regulatory authorities, utilities, project developers, and community organizations. Individual organizations and teams of stakeholders are eligible for support.


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