Anthony Lopez
20122024

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Anthony Lopez co-founded several pivotal NREL research programs, including the National Solar Radiation Database and the Renewable Energy Potential model. Lopez’s recent research has been recognized at a national level and focuses on modeling wind supply with land use constraints—an emerging area of research in the clean energy transition. He has co-authored and contributed to congressional reports on emerging wind energy technologies and their siting constraints, which are illuminating pathways to achieving a decarbonized energy system. 

Research Interests

Renewable energy siting and land-use requirements

Wind technology innovation and impacts to national potential assessments

Systems modeling

Techno-economic modeling

Professional Experience

Senior Researcher, NREL (2020–present)

Independent Consultant (2019–2020)

Manager of Emerging Technologies, MAXAR (2018–2019)

Senior Geospatial Data Scientist, NREL (2009–2018)

GIS Specialist, SWCA Environmental Consultants (2007–2009)

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Geographic Information Science, University of Denver

Bachelor, Geography, University of Northern Colorado

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