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Other Federal Agency Support

Photo of a man and a woman standing behind a ground-mounted solar panel installation.

Merry Edwards Winery in California is almost 100% solar powered and just one example of the more than 77,511 project applications reviewed by NREL prior to receiving funding through the U.S. Department of Treasury Recovery Act Section 1603 Treasury Grant Program.
Courtesy of Ben Miller, Merry Edwards Winery

Through work-for-others agreements, NREL supports other federal agencies in finding ways to meet energy savings goals through energy assessments, analysis, project guidance, and other activities.

General Services Administration

Since 2007, NREL has worked with the General Services Administration (GSA) to conduct energy assessments and identify opportunities for distributed solar, retro-commissioning, and measurement and verification in GSA buildings. We also developed a master plan for the National Capitol Region.

National Science Foundation

In June 2009, NREL signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support expanded use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and advanced building technologies in NSF Arctic and Antarctic facilities. Since the MOU was signed, NREL and NSF have had several successes at various locations. Learn more about NREL's support to NSF.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

NREL supports the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and other parts of DHS, including the DHS Headquarters Energy Program.

For S&T, NREL developed a research roadmap to help DHS meet mission-related energy needs. NREL is currently supporting S&T on a fuels additive research project and investigates renewable energy strategies for powering sensor devices; future work will focus on implementing research objectives.

For other parts of DHS, NREL developed the DHS Renewable Energy Plan, conducted a comprehensive renewable energy resource assessment and several wind system studies for the U.S. Coast Guard, and evaluated energy-efficient systems for the Customs and Border Protection's northern border stations.

In support of the DHS Headquarters Energy Program, NREL currently facilitates DHS' Mission Sustainable Energy effort, which provides renewable energy and energy efficiency technical assistance to components, facilitates trainings, and generally supports DHS in meeting energy goals.

U.S. Department of State

NREL provides comprehensive engineering assessments and support of energy savings performance contracts as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy program support and training to the U.S. Department of State's (DOS) Bureau of Overseas Building Operations in locations across the globe, including Central America, Europe, Africa, and India.

Additionally, NREL supports the U.S. Government Haiti Energy Working Group led by DOS by conducting a waste-to-energy study on anaerobic digestion for electric generation, which addresses severe sanitation and health conditions, as well as cooking gas and compost potential, and identifying solar and wind resource potential and opportunities for development.

U.S. Department of the Interior

NREL provides technical support, energy planning, assessments, and more to numerous U.S. Department of the Interior programs, including the Bureau of Land Management, Office of Insular Affairs, and Bureau of Reclamation. Learn more.

U.S. Department of the Treasury

As a contractor to the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) for the Recovery Act Section 1603 Treasury Grant Program, NREL established and administered the application review process, reviewed all applications, and made recommendations on whether applications met all 1603 Program requirements. Treasury has provided $15.4 billion in cash payments in lieu of tax credits, reflecting a combined private and public sector investment of more than $50 billion. As of the first half of fiscal year 2013, nearly 77,511 projects have been funded accounting for more than 27.1 gigawatts of renewable energy, with an estimated annual electricity generation of 67.8 Terawatt hours.