DOE Announces $15 Million to Deploy Energy Infrastructure on Tribal Lands

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DOE Announces $15 Million to Deploy Energy Infrastructure on Tribal Lands

November 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced up to $15 million in new funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands. This funding through DOE’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs will support tribes, including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, intertribal organizations, and tribal energy development organizations, interested in developing Indian Country's energy resources. The funding for tribes and other entities looking to:

  • Install energy generating systems and/or energy efficiency measures for Tribal Buildings
  • Deploy community-scale energy generating systems or energy storage on Tribal Lands
  • Install energy systems for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid) to power a single or multiple essential tribal facilities during emergency situations or for tribal community resilience
  • Deploy energy infrastructure and integrated energy systems to electrify Tribal Buildings

According to the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the intended results of the 50% cost-shared projects selected under this FOA are to reduce or stabilize energy costs and increase energy security and resilience for tribes and Alaska Native villages. The Office also stated that the funding is designed to promoting American energy independence by increasing domestic and international accessibility to American energy resources.

The full FOA is available online. Applications are due February 6, 2020.

A webinar will be held on December 10, 2019 to provide prospective applicants with more information. Click here to register.