Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (Office of Indian Energy) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to release a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) this summer.

"American Indian and Alaska Native communities are home to an abundance of energy resources. The $20 million in funding that DOE will soon make available will help tribal nations harness their vast expertise and unmatched ingenuity to bring more energy resilience and security to their lands, decreasing the cost of electric power," said Wahleah Johns, Director of the Office of Indian Energy.

Through this planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations, to:

  • Install clean energy generating system(s) and/or energy efficiency measure(s) for tribal building(s); or,
  • Deploy community-scale clean energy generating system(s) or energy storage on Tribal Lands; or,
  • Install integrated 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.

Through this planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy will continue its efforts, in partnership with Native communities, to maximize the deployment of clean energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Between 2010 and 2021, the DOE Office of Indian Energy invested over $114 million in more than 200 tribal energy projects implemented across the contiguous 48 states and Alaska. These projects, valued at nearly $200 million, are leveraged by over $80 million in recipient cost share. See the DOE Office of Indian Energy website for a map and summaries of these competitively funded projects.

Download the NOI for Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands – 2022 (DE-FOA-0002775).
Find information about past funding opportunities and learn more on the DOE Office of Indian Energy website.