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DOE Announces $9 Million in Funding for Tribal Energy Projects

DOE Announces Funding for 16 Tribal Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects


March 22, 2016

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $9 million in funding for 16 clean energy and energy efficiency projects affecting 24 American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The announcement was made today by Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene during the opening general session of the National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas. 

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with tribal nations, these projects provide Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages energy solutions that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money. They also support national energy goals of strengthening tribal energy sufficiency and creating jobs in these predominately rural and remote communities.

The projects represent a total investment value exceeding $25 million. DOE’s funding is expected to be leveraged by nearly $16 million in cost share under these selected tribal energy projects. Read more about the projects in the press release.

Since 2002, DOE has invested over $50 million in nearly 200 tribal clean energy projects, and continues to provide financial and technical assistance to maximize the development and deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The following projects (in alphabetic order) were competitively selected to receive funding:

Awardee State Project
Akwesasne Housing Authority (St. Regis Mohawk Tribe) New York 615-kilowatt (kW) community-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) system
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Alaska  Energy efficiency retrofits to the community water treatment plants in the Native Village of Kotlik, Village of Alakanuk, and the Noorvik Native Community
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc./Pitka’s Point Native Corporation Renewable Energy Joint Venture Alaska  900-kW wind turbine to provide electricity for the Alaska Native communities of Pitka’s Point, St. Mary’s, and Mountain Village
Bishop Paiute Tribe California 120 kW of solar PV on 34 single-family low-income homes
Chippewa Cree Tribe Montana 21 kW of solar PV on three duplexes (6 units) on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation
False Pass Tribal Council Alaska 50-kW marine hydrokinetic (tidal) power system in the Isanotski Strait in the Aleutian Islands 
Hughes Village Council Alaska 150-kW solar PV array and lithium battery
Little Big Horn College Montana 45-kW roof-mounted, awning-style solar PV array
NANA Regional Corporation Alaska  500-kW, 75-kW, and 50-kW solar PV systems in Kotzebue, Buckland, and Deering
Northern Pueblos Housing Authority (on behalf of Picuris Pueblo) New Mexico  1-megawatt (MW) solar PV array
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Michigan  600-kW natural gas combined heat and power system 
Rosebud Sioux Tribe Utility Commission South Dakota  58 kW of grid-tied residential solar PV on 10 homes
San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians California  42 grid-tied, solar electric PV systems, totaling at least 170 kW, on 40 low-income single-family homes and two community buildings
Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians California  1-MW ground-mounted, fixed-tilt, solar PV system
Sokaogon Chippewa Community - Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Wisconsin  605.36 kW of solar PV to serve 15 governmental buildings
White Earth Reservation Tribal Council Minnesota  60.8 kW of ground-mounted solar PV systems ranging in size from 12 to 36.5 kW on three community buildings




Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington DC 20585

For more information on the Office of Indian Energy, visit our website and see our brochure.


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