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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

Vehicle Technology Integration—supports local actions to improve transportation energy efficiency and reduce transportation energy costs

State Technical Assistance—solar market and energy efficiency expertise and policy best practices

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

Universities—Resources to help with on-site solar

Local Governments—Training and resources to help with on-site solar


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)—provides information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decision makers find ways to reach their energy and economic goals through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures

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

Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Map—see how solar technical assistance projects have helped communities across the United States

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