Solar Market Expertise Is Just an Application Away

June 26, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Do you have questions about renewable energy or energy efficiency projects in your jurisdiction? Are you looking for agenda-free information that is relevant to your area? Let us help!

For 25 years, NREL has provided technical assistance, or TA, to government agencies and state, local, and tribal jurisdictions across the United States and around the world. Our goal is to provide credible information related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs or policies that are aimed at solar market development.

NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) offers solar specific technical assistance on topics ranging from net metering to policy development. Past technical assistance projects have included topics such as:

  • Technology assessments
  • Tool development
  • Financing strategies
  • Third party contract reviews
  • Strategic planning
  • Policy development.

Click here to see a map of where we have completed TA requests as well what types of TA have been requested.

There are two types of solar technical assistance available through our program: In-Depth and Quick Response. In-Depth technical assistance is comprehensive assistance that is offered on a biannual basis. We will be offering the next round of In-Depth TA in fiscal year 2015, which begins in October 2014. Quick Response is offered continuously and provides a fast-turnaround response to a time-sensitive question or expert testimony on best practices. To request assistance through the STAT Quick Response program, fill out the 9 questions on this request form and email the information to

Graphic illustration of three interconnected gears, including an orange one titled "Education" and a box that says, "Learn on your own,"; a blue gear titled "Quick Response" and a box that says, "1–2 weeks level of effort,"; and a larger green gear titled "In Depth" with a box that says, "2–10 weeks level of effort."

STAT offers three different flavors of technical assistance: education, which includes webinars and fact sheets on various topics; quick response, which is one-on-one technical assistance that requires fast turnaround; and in-depth one-on-one technical assistance for longer term requests. Illustration by Erin Nobler, NREL

Don't have a specific question but just looking for more information on solar deployment? We can help with that too! Check out our states page featuring the STAT webinar series. Themes we explore include Solar 101, Solar Hot Topics, and—this year's series—Do-It-Yourself Solar Market Analysis. The 2014 summer webinars are underway, including:

Be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter for information and updates related to STAT efforts. If our experts can help your community develop its solar market, we hope you'll fill out an application and be in touch.

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