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Clean energy technology deployment on tribal lands

Deployment
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (Office of Indian Energy) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to release a $50 million Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) this spring.

This NOI is to support the deployment of clean energy technologies on tribal lands. Grants under this FOA are expected to range from $100,000 to $2.5 million or $250,000 to $5 million, depending on the area of focus.

“We expect this investment will assist American Indian and Alaska Native communities in addressing high energy costs and unreliable electricity, as well as bring power to un-electrified homes. The $50 million that will soon be available will support the transition to a future of clean energy and energy sovereignty,” stated Wahleah Johns, Director of the Bureau of Indian Energy.

Applications

Through this planned FOA, the Bureau of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian Tribes. Which include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations, to:

  • Install clean energy generation systems and energy efficiency measures in tribal buildings;
  • Install community-scale clean energy generation systems or energy storage on tribal lands;
  • Install integrated energy system(s) for stand-alone operation (independent of the traditional centralized power grid) to power one or more essential tribal buildings during emergencies or for tribal community resiliency;
  • To supply power to non-electrified tribal buildings.
Accelerating deployment

In collaboration with Indian communities, the Bureau of Indian Energy will continue to build on its efforts. To accelerate the deployment of energy infrastructure on tribal lands through this planned FOA.

Between 2010 and 2022, DOE’s Bureau of Indian Energy invested more than $120 million. This in more than 210 tribal energy projects in the 48 contiguous states and Alaska.

These projects, valued at more than $215 million, are leveraged by more than $93 million in grantee cost-sharing.

 

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