DOE to fund tribal RE projects

Formr Moapa Band of Paiutes chair William Anderson.

Formr Moapa Band of Paiutes chair William Anderson.

The US Energy Department (DOE) will provide up to $7m to tribes for deployment of community- or facility-scale clean energy and energy efficiency projects.

DOE will administer the funding through its Tribal Energy Program and Office of Indian Energy.

The funding, which will be cost-shared, will help tribes to install the projects and do upgrades themselves.

DOE is soliciting projects for buildings that can displace electrical, heating or cooling loads by at least 15%. For clean energy systems, projects need to generate a minimum 50kW.

Tribal lands comprise nearly 2% of US territory but contain about 5% of all the country's renewable energy resources.

DOE estimates that tribal lands contain a potential 9 terawatts of installed renewable energy generation capacity.

DOE thus far has invested nearly $50m in 184 tribal clean energy projects. It also provides financial and technical assistance to tribes for the evaluation and development of their renewable energy resources.

 

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