In California, NREL Helps Kern County Embrace Clean Energy in Partnership With Community Colleges

For more than 100 years, Kern County, California, has relied on energy (oil and gas) and agricultural production to stimulate the economy. People in Kern County have a fierce sense of pride and a strong sense of identity as an energy producing community, and they are expanding that vision. “Typically, … [continued]

Collegiate Students Connect Community & Curriculum To Accelerate Equitable Clean Energy

Five Teams Win CONCEPT Phase of Community Energy Innovation Prize College students have big ideas. And a few of those big ideas—focused on extending the benefits of clean energy to underserved communities—were just rewarded. On Dec. 4, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the five winners of the … [continued]

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $72 Million to Expand Pathways to Clean Energy Jobs

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Provides $18 Million to Over a Dozen Higher Education Institutions, Including 7 Minority Serving Institutions, and $54 Million to Train the Next Generation of Clean Energy and Manufacturing Workers WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) … [continued]

The Case For Solar Endowments

University and college endowments in the U.S. looking for strong, sustainable revenue streams would do well to embrace on-site solar generation, and the solar industry would thrive if it could forge the partnership. Solar installations would deliver stronger and more reliable returns than current investments, and create many opportunities, including enhanced fundraising, positive press, and community appeal to current and prospective students