We’re creating the science, technology and policy structures needed to advance renewable energy.



Initiative for Renewable Energy & the Environment

Since 2003, IREE has been advancing national security and economic and environmental well-being by seeking out the most promising new renewable energy ideas and bringing them to life with support from Xcel Energy ratepayers via the utility's Renewable Development Fund.
View program description | IREE website


Islands in the Sun

Islands in the Sun

Pavement and other components of the built environment cause cities to warm at twice the rate of the planet as a whole. IonE’s Islands in the Sun project seeks to better understand the urban heat island phenomenon and lessen its adverse impacts through landscape design.
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| Islands in the Sun website