Inflation Reduction Act Invests USD 150 Million in NREL Projects
NREL is the primary national laboratory focused on renewable power, sustainable transportation, and energy-efficiency technologies.
May 25, 2023. By Anurima Mondal
Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm made the announcement during a visit to NREL as part of a celebration of the expansion of the NREL campus in which she dedicated the newest building, the Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL). The RAIL building, which will house multipurpose lab space, is the first laboratory building to open on the campus in nearly a decade.
The addition of RAIL is the latest in a series of planned work involving the NREL campus and the surrounding area. DOE has taken ownership of the former Camp George West site south of NREL and will transform the 6.6-acre site into the South Table Mountain Energy Park (STEP), which will serve as an incubator for clean energy companies. The state of Colorado intends to build the Global Energy Park directly adjacent to NREL as a hub for the cleantech industry.
“This investment from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act will give the lab the resources it needs to help us tackle climate change and create a more resilient and secure power grid,” said Granholm.
“Thanks to the historic IRA, we will be able to make vital upgrades to lab infrastructure and enable clean energy research and development that is imperative to addressing the climate crisis,” said Martin Keller, director of NREL. “The funds will accelerate three-plus years of planned capital investment to modernize research infrastructure supporting Department of Energy clean energy research and development activities, critical laboratory renovations, and deferred maintenance.”
NREL is the primary national laboratory focused on renewable power, sustainable transportation, and energy-efficiency technologies. The laboratory is a leader in developing clean energy solutions and charting pathways to cut emissions throughout the economy while maintaining a reliable energy system and reducing energy costs.
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