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NREL provides analysis, outreach, training, and technical assistance to state, local, and tribal government leaders as part of its mission to transfer knowledge and innovation to solve the nation's energy challenges. The goal of this work is to support informed decision making with credible, technology-neutral, accessible, and timely resources.

Technical Assistance

Clean Cities—supports local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation

Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT)—solar market expertise and policy best practices

Tribal energy decision support—resources and direct assistance with clean energy projects

Universities—screening and assistance to help deploy mid-scale solar systems


We offer technical assistance in the following areas:

  • Direct solar project assistance
  • Disaster resiliency and recovery support
  • Financial policy analysis
  • Program, portfolio, and sustainable community design
  • Strategic planning and energy management
  • Technical specifications development for request for proposals and performance contracting
  • Training and workshops

Tools & Resources

Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC)—access information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decision makers find ways to reduce petroleum consumption

Clean Energy Policy Basics—understand how to build a clean energy policy portfolio and the different types of policies

State and Local Energy Data (SLED) Tool—get energy market information to plan and implement clean energy projects

STAT Map—see how solar technical assistance projects have helped communities across the United States