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USAID-NREL Partnership

USAID is partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support clean, reliable, and affordable power in the developing world and assist with policy, planning, and deployment support for advanced energy technologies.  The USAID-NREL Partnership addresses advanced energy system challenges such as:

  • renewable energy integration
  • grid modernization
  • distributed energy resources and storage
  • energy efficiency
  • power sector resilience
  • data collection and analysis


Global Technical Platforms

The USAID-NREL Partnership’s global technical platforms provide free, state-of-the-art support on common and critical challenges to scaling up advanced energy systems.  These platforms, informed by country demand and NREL’s domestic and international experience, are universally relevant to developing nations, at different stages of energy transitions, and provide a combination of analytical tools, training, and knowledge products. Our technical platforms:


Renewable Energy (RE) Explorer

The Renewable Energy (RE) Explorer web platform provides free renewable energy data, analytical tools, and technical assistance to developers, policymakers, and decision-makers in developing countries. Users can access renewable energy data and related geospatial data sets to guide development of domestic energy resources.

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Greening the Grid

Greening the Grid is a platform for expertly curated information, tools, and technical assistance to support countries in power system transformation and grid modernization. Greening the Grid addresses the technical challenges around grid modernization and advanced energy integration through the Grid Integration toolkit, the Renewable Energy Zones (REZ) Transmission Planning Process toolkit, and the Distributed Photovoltaics (DPV) toolkit.

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The Resilient Energy Platform

The Resilient Energy Platform provides expertly curated resources, training, tools, and technical assistance to developers, policymakers, and decision-makers in developing countries to enhance power sector resilience.

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NREL identified ten climate finance levers that could be applied to USAID programs to increase the scale of investment in clean energy and energy efficiency in partner countries.
Mini-Grid Solar Project on a Remote Island in Myanmar
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After many years of partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) national laboratories on various energy sector studies and programs, the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID's) mission in India realized an opportunity to coalesce these initiatives into an interlaboratory consortium.
South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE)

Clean Energy Transformation in Bangladesh

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