Geography 2050

Dr. David Mooney

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dave is currently working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory leading strategic planning and institutional investments and development. Dave recently moved to this role from the Strategic Energy Analysis Center, where he was the Center Director for the largest energy analysis organization in the DOE national lab complex. Prior to his role leading NREL’s energy analysis organization, Dave was the Laboratory Program Manager for Solar Technologies, where he was responsible for managing and coordinating NREL’s $70M solar R&D portfolio. While at NREL, Dave also led efforts to identify and address technical issues associated with the large-scale deployment and integration of renewable and efficiency technologies into the existing energy infrastructure. In this role, he led 180 researchers conducting $100M in R&D annually. Dave has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Energy and Environment as well as before multiple U.S. state legislatures. Additionally, Dave has testified before the Brazilian Congressional Permanent Committee on Environmental Changes and Australia’s Standing Committee on Environment and Energy. From 2007 to 2008 he was assigned by NREL to support the DOE’s office of the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. On the assignment he conducted analysis of EERE’s technology portfolio to quantify energy, environmental, and economic benefits and served as technical counsel to the Deputy Assistant Secretaries. Dave has also worked as the director of business development for a U.S. PV company where he was responsible for launching manufacturing and systems businesses, business planning, and raising investment capital. Dave is a 30-year veteran of the renewable energy industry, has a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Arkansas and a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Tennessee.