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Market Partnerships and Tools Group, Integrated Applications Center

The Market Partnerships and Tools (MPT) group connects laboratory expertise with state, local, and tribal governments, universities, and other stakeholders in the development and execution of clean energy policies and programs. The group develops and provides training, technical assistance, analysis, and competition programs to catalyze the clean energy transformation.

Learn more about the expertise and technical skills of NREL's Market Partnerships and Tools group by reading our short biographies:

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Kristen Ardani

Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: Economic and market analysis of renewable energy technologies, with a focus on photovoltaics; Photovoltaic non-hardware balance of system cost modeling and analysis; Technology deployment and market transformation.

Education: B.A Latin American Studies and Sustainable Development, Tulane University; M.A. International Affairs; M.A. University California San Diego Environmental and Energy Policy

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Alexandra Aznar

Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: Expertise in energy policy, climate change policy, and climate change impacts on natural resources. Experience in teaching and environmental and transportation policy and initiatives for local governments

Education: M.P.A., Indiana University; B.A. Government, Claremont McKenna College

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Jason Coughlin

Senior Research Analyst

Areas of Expertise: Solar Project Finance and Development. Tax equity based financing. Finance options for tax exempt entities. Community Solar. Public speaking and training.

Education: Certificate of Advanced Study in Environmental Policy, University College at the University of Denver 2007; Master of International Business Studies, University of South Carolina 1998; B.S. in Business Management, State University of New York at Binghamton 1988

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Megan Day

Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: Utility-scale PV development and deployment, energy planning, climate action planning, assisting local governments in integrating renewables, project and program management, and AICP.

Education: M.A. Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado; B.A. History, Colorado College

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Sara Farrar

Senior Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: More than 20 years of experience in development and project management of collegiate competitions, case studies, and commissioning of energy efficiency and renewable energy in the built environment.

Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

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Susan Fabio Hinnen

Project Administrator

Areas of Expertise: SharePoint, budgets, cost tracking, NQuIRE, subcontracts and project management.

Education: Human Resources Management, Employee RelationsandBusiness Administration

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Amy Hollander

Project Leader

Areas of Expertise:Project management with specialty in energy efficiency in building retrofits; EERE deployment through education; education module development, reviewing; state and local deployment of EERE; technical assistance; program development in EERE.

Education: B.S. in Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder

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Kosol Kiatreungwattana

Senior Engineer

Areas of Expertise: A professional engineer with over 15-year industry experiences in building energy systems and renewable technologies (solar PV and solar thermal), building energy codes, LEED certified projects, sustainable high performance building design, building simulation analysis/optimization, field hand-on experiences in building commissioning, energy assessment, load research and building performance monitoring, business development, and project management.

Education: PE, CEM, LEED AP, M.S. in Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (Building Systems Engineering and Renewable Energy), University of Colorado Boulder; B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, Kasetsart University, Thailand

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Chuck Kurnik

Senior Engineer

Areas of Expertise: Broad engineering and project management including manufacturing engineering, geotechnical field engineering, multi-modal data communications, logistics, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and facilitating stakeholder processes.

Education: MSME Colorado State University; BSME University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Gail Mosey

Senior Research Analyst

Areas of Expertise: Siting RE on environmentally compromised lands

Education: M.S. Mineral Economics from Colorado School of Mines; B.S. Finance from University of Colorado

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Erin Nobler

Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: Expertise in residential and commercial solar, state and local policy analysis, solar soft costs, and project management.

Education: M.B.A University of Colorado, Boulder; B.S. International Business, Finance, Marketing, Marquette University

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Angela Pederson

Business Support

Areas of Expertise: Providing administrative support and excellence in customer service.

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration (Management)

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Emerson Reiter

Project Leader

Areas of Expertise: Design, analysis and reporting for wholesale electricity and carbon allowance markets; power generation scheduling, procurement and planning; renewable energy and climate policy; greenhouse gas inventories and reporting; Chinese energy policy.

Education: M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering (Atmosphere/Energy), Stanford University; B.S. Environmental Engineering, B.A. East Asian Studies, Stanford University

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Joe Simon

Senior Engineer

Areas of Expertise: Experience working with energy efficiency, solar deployment, analysis and reduction of solar balance of system costs, building analysis, modular construction, and the design and management of student competitions. Energy efficiency, solar deployment, solar balance of system costs, buildings, residential, modular construction, student competitions.

Education: M.B.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Master of Architecture University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; B.S. Architecture, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Sherry Stout

Engineer

Areas of Expertise: Experience working with developing communities in the areas of community energy and water development. Research interests include the use of advanced technologies for resiliency and disaster recovery, the synergy of water and energy development and use, and the interaction between technology and society. Expertise in sustainable development at the community scale, case study research, and data management.

Education: M.S. Environmental Engineering and Sustainability, University of Colorado Denver; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University

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Research Participant Program Interns

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Rachael Boothe

RPP-Graduate Intern

Areas of Expertise: Tribal energy in the Yukon Territory and the Gwich'in Tribal Land Use Plan, project timelines and budgets, data processing, manipulation and evaluation, MS Suite, Tableau, RapidMiner, and Structured Query Language (SQL), and microbial remediation.

Education: Master's in Environmental Assessment - University of Kansas; BS Management of Information Systems - Kansas State University.

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Alison Holm

RPP-Graduate Intern

Areas of Expertise: Urban planning, public private partnerships, geothermal energy, energy policy and market research

Education: M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado-Denver (May 2016); B.A. in Sociology, University of New Mexico

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