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START Program

START Program

The Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program assists tribes in the 48 contiguous states and Alaska with renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Through START, technical experts from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Indian Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory coordinate with tribal leadership and staff to work toward achieving project goals.  

48 Contiguous States

START assistance in the 48 contiguous states addresses late-stage project development decisions, negotiations, and agreements. Tribal project teams receive technical expertise and guidance on a number of topics including revenue generation and financing structures; technical viability, maintenance, measurement and verification plans, and siting; communication and outreach strategies; and developing requests for proposals with the appropriate technical guidelines and selection criteria.

Alaska

START also assists rural Alaska Native communities with developing strategic energy plans to help mitigate climate change, conducting energy awareness and training programs, and pursuing new renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities. Project teams work together to reduce the cost and use of energy for rural Alaska consumers and communities, provide training and public education, and increase renewable energy deployment and financing opportunities.

START Projects

The START Program has supported 30 tribes and Alaska Native villages with moving renewable energy and energy efficiency closer to implementation. 

Location

Tribe

Project

Year

News

California

Blue Lake Rancheria

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2015

Blue Lake Rancheria Kicks Off Solar System Construction

Minnesota

Grand Portage Band of Chippewa Indians

Community-Scale Wind

2015

Energy Department Selects Five Native American Communities to Receive Technical Assistance for Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development

Wisconsin

Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin

Community-Scale Solar

2015

Energy Department Selects 11 Tribal Communities to Deploy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies

New Mexico

Picuris Pueblo

Community-Scale Solar

2015

Solar Projects on the Rise for New Mexico's Picuris and Zia Pueblos

Colorado

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2015

Biomass Adventures and More: Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Day

Alaska

Hoonah Indian Association

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2015

Energy Department Selects Five Native American Communities to Receive Technical Assistance for Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development

Alaska

Huslia Village

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2015

Energy Department Selects Five Native American Communities to Receive Technical Assistance for Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development

Alaska

Kokhanok Village

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2015

Energy Department Selects Five Native American Communities to Receive Technical Assistance for Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development

Alaska

Organized Village of Kwethluk

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2015

Energy Department Selects Five Native American Communities to Receive Technical Assistance for Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development

Alaska

Native Village of Shungnak

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2015

Energy Department Selects Five Native American Communities to Receive Technical Assistance for Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development

Alaska

Chugachmiut Regional Corporation

Community-Scale Biomass

2013

Energy Department Announces New Technical Assistance for Tribal Clean Energy Projects

Wisconsin

Ho-Chunk Nation

Community-Scale Biomass

2013

Energy Department Announces New Technical Assistance for Tribal Clean Energy Projects

California

Pinoleville Pomo Nation

Community-Scale Solar

2013

Energy Department Announces New Technical Assistance for Tribal Clean Energy Projects

Arizona

San Carlos Apache Tribe

Facility-Scale Solar PV System

2013

San Carlos Apache Tribe Set to Break Ground on New Solar Project

Colorado

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Community-Scale Solar PV System

2013

Southern Ute Indian Tribe to Begin Construction on Solar Project

Alaska

Native Village of Kongiganak

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2013

Winning the Future: Chaninik Wind Group Pursues Innovative Solutions to Native Alaska Energy Projects

Alaska

Native Village of Koyukuk

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2013

Alaska Native Communities Receive Technical Assistance for Local Clean Energy Development

Alaska

Native Village of Minto

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2013

Minto Upgrades Community Lodge with START Support

Alaska

Native Village of Shishmaref

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2013

Shishmaref Gets DOE Support on Energy and Climate Resiliency

Alaska

Yakutat T'lingit Tribe

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2013

Alaska Native Communities Receive Technical Assistance for Local Clean Energy Development

California

Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Commercial-Scale Wind Farm

2012

New Tribal Nations Energy Initiatives

Wisconsin

Forest County Potawatomi Community

Community-Scale Biomass

2012

Forest County Potawatomi Recognized for Renewable Energy Achievements

Arizona

Hualapai Tribe

Solar PV Micro-Grid System

2012

Tribal Energy Projects Benefit from Hands-On Technical Support

Arizona

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Facility-Scale Solar PV System

2012

Tribal Energy Projects Benefit from Hands-On Technical Support

New Mexico

Pueblo of Zuni

Facility-Scale Solar PV System

2012

Solar Projects on the Rise for New Mexico's Picuris and Zia Pueblos

Alaska

Arctic Village Council

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2012

Alaska Native Tribes Receive Technical Assistance for Local Clean Energy Projects

Alaska

Native Village of Kwinhagak

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2012

Alaska Native Tribes Receive Technical Assistance for Local Clean Energy Projects

Alaska

Native Village of Teller

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2012

Native Village of Teller Addresses Heating Fuel Shortage, Improves Energy Security

Alaska

Organized Village of Kake

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2012

Strategic Planning Opens Doors for Isolated Alaskan Village

Alaska

Venetie Village Council

Community Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects

2012

Alaska Native Tribes Receive Technical Assistance for Local Clean Energy Projects