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DOE Announces Up To $17 Million Available for Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $17 million in new funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands. This funding through the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs will support Indian Tribes, which include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations interested in harnessing their vast undeveloped energy resources.

The Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications from Indian Tribes, which include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations, to:

1: Install energy generating system(s) and/or energy efficiency measure(s) for Tribal Building(s)

2: Deploy community-scale energy generating system(s) on Tribal Lands

3: Install energy system(s) 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

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 Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages.

The full FOA is available online here. You can read more in the official press release.

An informational webinar will be held Thursday, March 14, 2019, to provide potential applicants with information on the FOA. In addition to describing the FOA in detail, presenters will discuss who is eligible to apply, what an application needs to include, cost share and other requirements, how to ask questions, and how applications will be selected for funding. Register for the webinar here.

Applications are due May 1, 2019.

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