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Integrated Deployment Success Stories

Read success stories about how DOE has helped states, cities, tribes, islands, campuses, and utilities apply an integrated technology deployment approach to achieve clean energy goals.


Percussive Hammer Enables Geothermal Drilling
Through funding by the Energy Department, Sandia National Laboratories have refined a useful percussive hammer tool for harsh geothermal applications. Source: Sandia

In 2013, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) successfully completed the development of a high-temperature drilling technology able to withstand the harsh conditions present in geothermal reservoirs. SNL developed and tested a high-temperature downhole motor that includes an indexing tool for use with commercially available percussive hammers. Conventional pneumatic down-the-hole-hammer drilling systems—widely used in the mining and oil and gas sectors—perform well in hard rock environments and are capable of removing a volume of rock with low energy input.

Energy Department Helps University of California Develop Net-Zero Campus
The new Viridian apartments at West Village at UC Davis. | Photo from UC Davis ARM

With the help of $2.5 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding, the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) built a net-zero community on its 130-acre West Village campus that provides housing for approximately 3,000 people in 662 apartments and 343 single-family homes.

Hawai'i Makes Progress Toward Clean Energy Goals with Energy Department Assistance
Set in the Waianae Valley of Oahu, Kaupuni Village is the first net-zero energy affordable housing community in Hawaii.| Photo by Ryan Siphers / Group 70, NREL 20155

In an effort to reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels, the state of Hawai’i, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), launched the Hawai’i Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) in 2008. The goal of HCEI is to achieve 70% clean energy by 2030 through renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Energy Department Works with Sacramento Municipal Utility District on Renewable Electricity Generation and Delivery
Dairy digester and engine genset at New Hope dairy farm. | Photo courtesy of Sacramento Municipal Utility District

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in Sacramento, California, is looking to local renewable resources to help meet its aggressive goal of supplying 37% of its power from renewables in 2020.

Energy Department Supports Clean Energy Development in the U.S. Virgin Islands
This 10 kW PV system is located on Skyline Road on St. Thomas, overlooking Charlotte Amalie. | Photo by Don Buchanan, NREL 19568

The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) is working with the Energy Department to transition from fossil fuel energy to the renewable resources that are abundant on the islands.

DOE Supports Renewable Energy Deployment Projects for Forest County Potawatomi Community
Anaerobic digesters reduce pollution and generate electricity in Milwaukee. | Image from Forest County Potawatomi Community

The Forest County Potawatomi Community has implemented an integrated renewable energy deployment plan to provide electricity for its government buildings, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 20,000 tons.

New Orleans Schools Recover from Hurricane Katrina with Assistance from DOE and NREL
The solar installation at Warren Easton Senior High School was the first of four installations placed on local schools as part of Solar Schools Initiative program. At 28 kW of thin-film, it is the largest installation in the city of New Orleans. | Photo by Garrett Crawford, NREL 18358

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) helped New Orleans, Louisiana, incorporate energy efficiency into rebuilding efforts after being devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

DOE and NREL Help Greensburg Rebuild Sustainably
The new LEED Platinum K-12 school in Greensburg, Kansas. | Photo from Greensburg GreenTown, NREL 19952

After a tornado destroyed or damaged 95% of the town's homes and businesses, Greensburg turned disaster into opportunity and created a plan to rebuild as a sustainable community with the help of a diverse group of experts, including DOE and NREL.