The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that 31 tribal renewable energy projects will receive $6.3 million over two years. These projects will allow Native American tribes to advance clean energy within their communities by developing strategic energy plans, expanding the skills and knowledge of tribal members, and improving the energy efficiency of buildings.
Another group of projects to receive funding for the development and deployment of tribal renewable energy projects will be announced later this summer.
Seventeen tribal renewable energy projects will receive $2.14 million for strategic planning, energy options analysis, energy organization development and workforce development as the first steps toward implementing clean energy on tribal lands.
Several of the awardees will develop tribal strategic energy plans, enabling them to evaluate current energy use and indigenous energy resources. Some of the projects also support the development of tribal energy organizations, such as utilities, energy offices or tribal committees, to implement the selected tribe's long-term energy plans and create opportunities for the deployment of clean energy projects.
Other projects will help tribes to explore development and deployment options for energy efficient and renewable technologies. Workforce development projects will provide clean energy training and workshops to tribal staff, leaders and members, and train and certify tribal members to conduct energy assessments.
These grants are administered by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.