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Economic Impact

Jobs, partnerships, research accomplishments, and community activities factor into NREL’s impact on the national, state, and local economies. Data presented below is for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 compared with FY 2017.

Learn more about NREL's economic impact during FY 2019 in the news story NREL Acts as Local Economic Stabilizer while Transforming Energy around the World or read the full report.

Region

$1.4B
in the United States
$1.1B in FY17

$875M
in Colorado
$748M in FY17

$617M
in Jefferson County
$413M in FY17

Partnerships

871
active partnership agreements
739 in FY17

587
partners
513 in FY17

78
universities
73 in FY17

NREL partners with and is in close proximity to major research universities such as the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and University of Colorado, Boulder.

Innovation

Honored with
65 R&D100
awards to date
63 through FY17

571
patents
to date
517 through FY17

43,438
publications
to date
37,788 through FY17

Visits

35,442
visits to NREL
27,679 in FY17

Education

Approximately
2,500
4–12th grade students attend STEM programs at NREL each year

NREL Giving

$510,908
raised supporting 454 charities and causes
$437,805 in 2017

Staff

63% research and development staff

37% business support staff

Top 5
employer in
Jefferson County
Top 10 in FY17

2,265
staff
members

1,733 in FY17

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