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NREL provides direct technical assistance to state and local governments on matters that require solar market expertise to either answer a time-sensitive question or to provide expert testimony on policy best practices.

The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network is designed to answer questions that require approximately one to two weeks of a subject matter expert's time.

This service is available to qualified applicants through an application process at no cost. To request assistance through the STAT Network, fill out the request form and email this information to stat@nrel.gov.

The STAT Network is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative implemented in partnership with the NREL and with assistance from National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA).

New Technical Assistance Program for State Public Utility Commissions

DOE, in conjunction with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and NREL, is initiating a three-year analytical support program for state public utility commissions (PUCs). This program is designed to provide in-depth analytical support on distribution utility planning and regulatory, policy, programmatic, and technology assessments of distributed energy resources.

Types of assistance offered and activities supported include: analysis assistance; stakeholder-convened discussions; education and training through workshops and webinars; and consultations with technical experts. State PUCs interested in receiving analytical support are encouraged to apply. 

Download the PUC application

Current Projects

The STAT Network will help the Colorado Energy Office evaluate a portfolio of low-income community solar demonstration projects by conducting financial and cost-benefit analyses of projects. Results will inform future policy development. Results from this project will be shared at the NASEO 2017 annual meeting September 17-20 in New Orleans, LA. 

For other ongoing projects, refer to the STAT Map.

Past Projects

STAT has worked with numerous cities and states. For more detailed descriptions of the technical assistance provided in each location, please refer to the the STAT Map. A selection of examples is also included below.

Policy and Program

City of Detroit | Detroit, MI

NREL conducted an analysis of utility scale PV projects for the City.

Connecticut Green Bank | Rocky Hill, CT

NREL provided consultation on calculating a value of solar rate for the state based on the seven attributes outlined in the 2014 report, "Methods for Analyzing the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Photovoltaic Generation to the U.S. Electric Utility System."

Finance

Oregon Department of Energy | Bend, OR

NREL worked to develop a tool that can analyze state-specific solar soft costs from various data sources, which can consistently evaluate soft-cost reduction measures and prioritize future actions.

New York Power Authority | White Plains, NY

NREL presented a webinar on financing options for solar on schools for the NYPA's K-Solar program in March 2015.

Technology and Resource

City University of New York | New York, NY

NREL provided engineering and technical assistance to create a request for proposals (RFP) to install a smart and resilient PV system at Queens College.

Denver Housing Authority | Denver, CO

NREL provided technical assistance on how solar PV can be incorporated into a net zero energy housing development.

Ketchum Energy Advisory Committee (KEAC) | Ketchum, ID

NREL partnered with Optony to help Ketchum develop a solar resource roadmap and to identify PV deployment potential for distributed and small utility-scale solar projects. NREL is also reviewing lease and PPA documents for solar projects on municipal facilities as well as providing assistance to the city on the proposed PPA rulings at the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DER) | Boston, MA

NREL provided technical expertise for the DER energy integration and system planning support process to increase PV penetration.

Utah Public Service Commission | Salt Lake City, UT

NREL reviewed a utility study on solar and wind capacity contributions to determine whether the methodology applied followed an NREL published methodology.