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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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When the government of India set a goal of deploying 175 gigawatts of renewable power by 2022, they understood that changes to their power system's operations were needed to achieve that level of renewable power on the grid. India decided to work with USAID and the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop a comprehensive grid integration study identifying operational pathways that would enable India to efficiently meet its renewable energy target.
Hanzel Cubangbang first learned about the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in college. It became his dream to one day see the campus and conduct the types of research he was studying firsthand.
The USAID-NREL Partnership developed a suite of resources within the Grid Integration Toolkit that provides information about the role that battery energy storage systems (BESS) play in integrating variable renewable energy, such as wind and solar, into large-scale power systems.