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Solar Technical Assistance for States

The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network gathers NREL solar technology and deployment experts to provide unbiased information on solar policies and issues for state and local government decision makers.

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In general, the expert assistance is intended to support legislators, regulators, and their staff members in order to develop the market for solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The STAT Network is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative that is implemented in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The STAT Network program consists of:

Graphic of illustrations and statistics that summary the successes of the STAT activities.

STAT has helped a number of communities. Learn more about these successes by viewing this infographic.

  1. State solar technical assistance—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.

  2. Do-it-yourself online education—The STAT Network provides information on solar technologies, resources, and the role that state and local governments play in supporting the development of those resources to achieve their economic, environmental, and/or energy security goals. These can be found on the STAT Blog and Policy Basics pages, and past STAT Webinars.

For more information about the program, see the STAT fact sheet, explore our interactive project map, and sign up for the Solar Technical Assistance Team email list. If you have any questions, please email them to

For examples of technical assistance provided at the state and local levels, see the Technical Assistance Project Map.


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