Personal Profile

Jenny Sumner is a group manager with the Modeling and Analysis Group in the Accelerated Deployment and Decisions Support Center. She joined NREL in 2009 and has researched topics such as equitable solar deployment and community solar deployment and cost, most recently serving on a detail assignment with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity to support implementation of President Biden’s Justice40 Executive Order. She has extensive experience managing technical assistance programs for local governments, higher education institutions, and community solar stakeholders. 

Research Interests

Renewable energy market and policy analysis

Energy equity

Community energy transitions

Renewable energy program development

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management, Indiana University

Bachelor, Environmental Studies and Political Science, Macalester College


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