NREL is the only campus in the DOE research network devoted just to renewable research. And its national outreach program, called “Energy Execs,” offers in-depth training on renewable energy to leaders in the private and public sectors, as well as nonprofits and community groups.
There are two NREL Energy Execs programs: the Leadership Program, which is one weekend a month for five months, and the Leadership Institute, a one-week intensive program. The goal of these outreach programs is to immerse decision-makers in the opportunities offered by renewable energy and energy efficiency: technologies, market assessments, and financial and analytical tools. The sample syllabus is here (including field trips.)
Applications online are due by Jan. 16. The five-month program runs from May to September 2015, and the institute will be held April 14-17, 2015.
There is no fee for the Renewable Energy Leadership Academy, but applicants pay for travel to and lodging in Golden (about a half an hour outside Denver). Alumni include representatives from city and state governments, construction and building, telecom, real estate, military, Congressional offices, and more. More than 200 business, government and nonprofit leaders have taken the courses since 2007.