About the State and Local Solution Center

The transition to a clean energy economy—saving energy in our buildings, generating clean and reliable electricity, and promoting sustainable transportation—will lead to a range of benefits most of us are familiar with by now: reduced waste and savings to taxpayers, job and economic growth, a cleaner environment, and a more secure energy future. Of course, this transition won't happen without leadership and commitment, and state, local, tribal, and K-12 school district leaders across the country are stepping up and meeting this challenge.

The State and Local Solution Center and the Technical Assistance Program (TAP) support these leaders by providing resources to advance successful, high-impact clean energy policies, programs, and projects. The Solution Center and TAP focus on five key priority areas for which it develops resources, hosts events and facilitates communication and learning among peers. This approach is illustrated in the graphic below. By championing state and local leadership, addressing specific market barriers, and promoting standardized approaches, the Solution Center and TAP aim to help states, local governments, Indian tribes, and K-12 schools take clean energy to scale in their communities.

The Solution Center and TAP support the U.S. Department of Energy's State Energy Program, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, Tribal Energy Program, and the Better Buildings Initiative.

Questions? Suggestions? Email us at TechnicalAssistanceProgram@ee.doe.gov.

Illustration of the relationship between the priority areas for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Program (TAP) and what the TAP Solution Center provides to state, local, and Indian tribal governments:  resources, peer exchange and trainings, and one-on-one assistance.  The illustration is in the form of an inverted pyramid, with resources on the top representing a broader area, peer exchange and trainings in the middle representing a smaller area, and one-on-one assistance at the bottom representing the smallest area.  The priority areas are:  Strategic Energy Planning, Program and Policy Design, Financing solutions, Energy Data Management, and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies.

Resources include general education materials, case studies, tools for decision making, and protocols, such as how-to guides and model documents. Peer exchanges and trainings include monthly regional calls, webinars, conferences, and Better Buildings Alliance project teams. The level of effort for direct assistance will vary. In-depth efforts will focus on high impact, opportunities for replicability, and filling gaps in the technical assistance marketplace.