WASHINGTON DC- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $35 million in new funding opportunities to deploy clean energy technology on tribal lands and power unelectrified tribal buildings. This funding will promote tribal energy and economic development by helping Indigenous communities realize the benefits that come with the deployment of clean energy. Along with historic investments made possible by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act and Cut Inflation Act, this funding will support the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to strengthen tribal energy sovereignty and ensure tribal participation. the country’s historic transition to an inclusive and equitable clean energy future. .
“The DOE is committed to reducing energy costs in tribal communities and ensuring they are not left behind in the transition to a clean energy future,” said US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The President’s agenda is to invest in clean, low-cost, reliable energy across Indian Country, helping to power indigenous communities that are too often left in the dark or without affordable electricity.”
At the 7th Biennial Tribal Clean Energy Summit last month, senior DOE officials had open and in-depth conversations with tribal leaders and key energy partners about tribal energy concerns. During the summit, Secretary Granholm hosted a nation-to-nation roundtable with tribal leaders to share ideas and explore cost-effective approaches to clean energy that build tribal energy and economic infrastructure, address resilience climate and build stronger and safer communities.
The Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) build on the important discussions held at the Summit, as well as the efforts of India’s Office of Energy Policy and Programs and authorities granted under the Energy Act. Energy Policy of 2005, to increase Indian energy security and resilience. Tribes and tribal members. Between 2010 and 2021, the DOE has invested more than $114 million in more than 200 tribal energy projects implemented across the United States. These investments installed more than 43 megawatts of new power generation, helping to power more than 8,600 tribal buildings and contributing significantly to the President’s Justice40 initiative to provide 40% of the overall benefits of federal investments in clean energy for disadvantaged and underrepresented communities.
To build on this momentum and maximize the return on past investments, the Office of Indian Energy is inviting applications to deploy clean energy technology on tribal lands and power non-electrified tribal buildings. Reducing cost-sharing for these FOAs will help ease the financial burden on Indigenous communities and ensure that funded projects advance energy diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. More information on FOAs can be found at the Office of Indian Energy Funding Opportunity Exchange.
The Office of Indian Energy will also hold informational webinars to provide potential applicants with more information on each of the FOAs. Click here to register for the FOA webinar on deploying clean energy technologies on tribal lands and here to register for the FOA webinar on powering unelectrified tribal buildings.
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