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June 19, 2019
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DOE-Funded Solar Project Helps Spokane Tribe Reduce Homeowners’ Monthly Energy Cost from $240 to Less Than $9
When completed this summer, the Initiative will add 650 kilowatts of solar capacity to tribal buildings and save about $2.8 million over 30 years.
March 11, 2019
DOE Makes Up To $17 Million Available for Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands
Funding will support tribes interested in harnessing their vast undeveloped energy resources.
February 25, 2019
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DOE Co-Funded PV Project Brings Fuel Cost Savings to Three Alaska Native Villages—Starting With Buckland
The roughly $2-million project involves installing over 400 kilowatts of photovoltaic arrays in these villages.
February 6, 2019
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Can Solar Work in Alaska? Hughes Village Says Yes.
The Native Village of Hughes just installed the bones of a 120-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system that will cut diesel use and costs.
February 5, 2019
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Indian Energy Undergrad Internship Program Now Accepting Applications: Apply by March 1
Interns will gain first-hand experience with existing tribal energy projects and exposure to issues concerning tribal energy technology use.
December 12, 2018
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DOE Announces Intent to Issue New Funding Opportunity for Tribal Energy Infrastructure Development
The funding opportunity announcement entitled “Energy Infrastructure Development on Indian Lands - 2019” will be issued early next year.
November 13, 2018
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Explore Tribal Energy Projects and Progress at the 2018 Program Review
The annual event aims to bring together Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to celebrate tribal energy successes, network, and share information.
November 9, 2018
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November 28 Webinar to Highlight Tribal Microgrid Case Studies
This webinar will provide an overview of microgrid systems and technologies and how they can be used in tribal communities for emergency situations.
October 24, 2018
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October 31 Webinar on Distributed Energy Technology Trends and Costs
This webinar will provide tribes with a broad update on recent technological and cost trends for distributed energy.
October 23, 2018
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Former Tribal Energy Intern Follows the Wind to a Career at NREL
Former intern Nick Johnson has DOE to thank for much of his growth toward a career as a mechanical engineer at the National Renewable Energy Lab.
September 13, 2018
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Kodiak Caps Off Multi-Year DOE Alaska Regional Energy Road Show
In this photo essay, NREL’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist zooms in on Alaska’s assets and adaptability.
September 12, 2018
Photo of Tonto Apache's community-scale solar project.
September 26 Webinar on Facility- and Community-Scale Project Development
This webinar will outline options for financing and addressing other challenges related to facility- and community-scale project development.
August 27, 2018
A large solar array installed in Oregon.
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Trap the Sun to Offset Energy Costs
The Tribe turned a strip of its land in Oregon into nearly $12,000 in annual energy cost savings.
August 15, 2018
Largest Native American PV installation in the United States; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Department of Energy to Fund 15 Tribal Energy Infrastructure Deployment Projects
Projects will help Native American and Alaska Native communities harness their vast undeveloped energy resources to reduce or stabilize energy costs.
August 9, 2018
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August 29 Webinar on Utility-Scale Energy Development for Tribes
Attendees will hear about common challenges faced by tribes for utility-scale energy development, and ideas for how to approach these challenges.
July 23, 2018
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Desire to Give Back Drives Native Student Interns
Giving back to their communities is a common motivator for the Native students who serve as summer interns with the Office of Indian Energy.
July 17, 2018
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New Interactive Tool Puts Tribal Energy Resource Data in Tribes’ Hands
First-of-its-kind interactive geospatial application enables tribes to conduct their own analyses of installed energy projects and more.
July 17, 2018
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Department of Energy Issues $2 Billion Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program Solicitation
Solicitation provides as much as $2bn in partial loan guarantees to support economic opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native communities.
July 11, 2018
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July 25 Webinar on Request For Proposal Strategies for Tribal Community Energy Projects
The Office of Indian Energy is hosting a free webinar Wednesday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time.
July 10, 2018
Award Winners 2017 DOE
Office of Indian Energy Recognized for Efforts to Promote Small Businesses
The Office of Indian Energy received the Federal Small Business Achievement of the Year award.
June 14, 2018
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June 27 Webinar on Evaluating Tribal Utility Authority Opportunities
Attendees will learn about the benefits and challenges of forming a tribal utility authority.
June 8, 2018
Pala Band of Mission Indians Sees Savings from Solar-Powered Fire Station, Looks Ahead to Continued Energy Development
The Tribe has turned to renewable energy as a means of lowering energy costs and gaining independence from the grid.
May 29, 2018
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Former Office of Indian Energy Intern Recognized with National Award for Leadership in Diversity and Equity
Chelsea Chee’s leadership across several major projects in New Mexico, including her Natives in STEM project, helped earn her the award.
May 18, 2018
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May 30 Webinar on Understanding the Power Grid and Organized Markets
Attendees will learn about ongoing changes with the Southwest Power Pool and California Independent System Operator.
April 16, 2018
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April 25 Webinar to Share Best Practices in Tribal Energy Business Models
DOE, in partnership with the Western Area Power Administration, is hosting a free webinar Wednesday, April 25, 2018, on tribal business models.