Published March 23, 2016
LAS VEGAS – On Tuesday, 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 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
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:
|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|
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