Clean Energy to Communities Program: Expert Match

Through the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) program, NREL, other national laboratory experts, and select organizations provide Expert Match—free, short-term technical assistance to address near-term clean energy challenges and questions.

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Expert Match is for community stakeholders who have decision-making power or influence in their community but need access to additional clean energy expertise to inform key upcoming decisions. Community stakeholders can represent a:

  • City, town, or county (local government)
  • Tribe, including Alaska Native Villages, Alaska Native Corporations, and state recognized Tribes
  • Metropolitan planning organization
  • Regional planning organization
  • Community-based organization
  • Nongovernmental organization
  • Municipal or coop utility
  • University, college, or community college.

For-profit entities are not eligible for assistance through this program.

Expert Match is most suitable for communities that could benefit from assistance to inform time-sensitive decisions and identify and understand the range of options for achieving clean energy goals. The Expert Match technical assistance timeframe is 40–60 hours over 3–4 months.

Success Stories

A C2C Expert Match pilot helped Cohoes, New York, explore and plan for historic building clean energy retrofits and a first-in-the nation municipality-owned and -operated floating solar project.

Other Program Support

Learn more about the full C2C program offerings.


If you have questions about C2C Expert Match, please email C2C Expert Match.

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