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Technical Assistance Opportunities, Workshops, Resources for Tribes


Technical Assistance Opportunities, Educational Workshops, and Other Resources for Tribes

April 9, 2015


START Clean Energy Project Development Applications Due May 1

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is accepting applications for the third round of Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance. Through START, federally recognized tribal governments and other tribal entities can apply for and are selected to receive on-the-ground support to accelerate clean energy project development.

Eligible applicants include Indian Tribes, Alaska Native regional corporations, and formally organized tribal energy resource development organizations. Applicants designated as White House Climate Action Champions will also benefit from START Program assistance and will be given preferential consideration. Up to five projects will be selected. Download the flier to learn more.

Applications are due May 1, 2015. Apply now.

Register Now for Oklahoma Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop June 9–11

The DOE Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is offering a series of interactive workshops that will walk participants through the process for developing commercial- and community-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands. 

The first workshop will take place June 9–11, 2015, in Norman, Oklahoma, at the Riverwind Hotel and Casino.

Workshop participants will learn about the five steps necessary to develop and finance renewable energy projects on tribal lands, including how to:
  • Assess project potential
  • Determine technology options
  • Refine the project
  • Implement financing and construction
  • Plan for project operation and maintenance.
Workshops are designed exclusively for elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff.

Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms is available at a discounted rate for meeting participants. The discounted group room name is “Indian Energy Renewable Energy Project Development” and the rate is $83 per night. Book your group rate.

How to Register

There is no cost to attend the workshops, but participants are responsible for their own lodging, dinner, and travel costs. Coffee, a light breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack will be provided.

RSVP to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

Learn more about the Oklahoma workshop

The Oklahoma workshop is one in a series of regional tribal energy workshops to be held this summer. Download the flier for additional details.

April 29 Webinar: Innovative Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Integration of Renewables with Off-Grid Diesel Hybrid Systems 

Hosted by the DOE Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration, this webinar will cover the latest development in energy efficiency, net-zero housing, solar, and wind. Guest speakers from NREL will discuss how they are facilitating high renewable energy levels, and how they may benefit your community. In addition, attendees will learn how hybrid systems integrate renewable energy with diesel generators and energy storage for supplying power to remote and rural areas.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but registration is required. 

Register now

May 4–7: Tribal Energy Program Review

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tribal Energy Program is hosting its annual Program Review on May 4–7, 2015, in Denver, Colorado, at the Renaissance Denver Hotel. The 2015 Tribal Energy Program Review will feature project status updates from Tribes across the nation who are leveraging Tribal Energy Program grant funding to explore or deploy weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies. 

For more information, visit the Program Review website

Funding Opportunities 


April 30: Applications Due for USDA Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under the Rural Energy for America Program, is accepting applications for the Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance grants of $20,000 or less to establish programs to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations. Learn more and apply.

June 23: Applications for IEED Energy and Mineral Development Program Grants Due

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), through the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), is soliciting grant proposals for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Eligible applicants include federally recognized Indian Tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations. Learn more and apply.

June 29: Applications Due for IEED Tribal Energy Development Capacity Grant Program

DOI, through IEED, is soliciting grant proposals to build tribal capacity for energy resource development or management. Funding is provided for two critical capacity-developing activities:
  1. To build capacity through the establishment of organizational structure(s) and/or business entity structure(s) capable of engaging in commercial energy development or management activities
  2. To provide funding for the development or enhancement of key regulatory activities, including but not limited to the establishment of tribal policies, enactment of tribal regulations for leasing of surface land for energy development pursuant to the HEARTH Act, etc.
Learn more and apply.

More Opportunities

Visit the DOE Office of Indian Energy website for more on current funding and technical assistance opportunities for Tribes.

Website Highlight

Revamped DSIRE Website Features New Zip Code Capabilities

The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) is the most comprehensive source of information related to policies and incentives that support the nation’s use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Funded by DOE, the new DSIRE database features new ZIP Code capabilities to find relevant policies and incentives in your area. Visit the new DSIRE website.
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