START Program

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From 2012 to 2018, the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program assisted tribes in the 48 contiguous states and Alaska with renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The program is now complete. Through START, technical experts from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy and DOE Laboratories coordinated with tribal leadership and staff to work toward achieving project goals. 

48 Contiguous States

START assistance in the 48 contiguous states addressed late-stage project development decisions, negotiations, and agreements. Tribal project teams received 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 assisted rural Alaska Native communities with developing strategic energy plans, conducting energy awareness and training programs, and pursuing new energy and energy efficiency opportunities. Project teams worked together to reduce the cost and use of energy for rural Alaska consumers and communities, provide training and public education, and increase energy deployment and financing opportunities.

START Projects

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

LocationTribe ProjectYearNews
AlaskaHoonah Indian AssociationCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2015Alaska Energy in Action: START Round 3 Updates
AlaskaHuslia VillageCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2015Alaska Energy in Action: START Round 3 Updates
AlaskaKokhanok VillageCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2015Alaska Energy in Action: START Round 3 Updates
AlaskaOrganized Village of KwethlukCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2015Alaska Energy in Action: START Round 3 Updates
AlaskaNative Village of ShungnakCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2015Alaska Energy in Action: START Round 3 Updates
CaliforniaBlue Lake RancheriaCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2015Blue Lake Rancheria Kicks Off Solar System Construction
ColoradoUte Mountain Ute TribeCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2015Biomass Adventures and More: Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Day
MinnesotaGrand Portage Band of Chippewa IndiansCommunity-Scale Wind2015Energy Department Selects Five Native American Communities to Receive Technical Assistance for Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development
New MexicoPIcuris PuebloCommunity-Scale Solar2015Five Tribes Benefit from Hands-On Training in Solar Operations and Maintenance
WisconsinOneida Tribe of Indians of WisconsinCommunity-Scale Solar2015Energy Department Selects 11 Tribal Communities to Deploy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies
AlaskaNative Village of KongiganakCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2013Winning the Future: Chaninik Wind Group Pursues Innovative Solutions to Native Alaska Energy Challenges
AlaskaNative Village of KoyukukCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2013Alaska Native Communities Receive Technical Assistance for Local Clean Energy Development
AlaskaNative Village of MintoCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2013Minto Upgrades Community Lodge with START Support
AlaskaNative Village of ShishmarefCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2013Shishmaref Gets DOE Support on Energy and Resiliency
AlaskaYakutat T'lingit TribeCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2013Alaska Native Communities Receive Technical Assistance for Local Clean Energy Development
AlaskaChugachmiut Regional CorporationCommunity-Scale Biomass2013Energy Department Announces New Technical Assistance for Tribal Clean Energy Projects
ArizonaSan Carlos Apache TribeFacility-Scale Solar PV System2013Energy Department Announces New Technical Assistance for Tribal Clean Energy Projects
CaliforniaPinoleville Pomo NationCommunity-Scale Solar2013Energy Department Announces New Technical Assistance for Tribal Clean Energy Projects
ColoradoSouthern Ute Indian TribeCommunity-Scale Solar PV System2013Southern Ute Indian Tribe Dedicates 1.3-MW Community Solar PV System
WisconsinHo-Chunk NationCommunity-Scale Biomass2013Energy Department Announces New Technical Assistance for Tribal Clean Energy Projects
AlaskaArctic Village CouncilCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2012Alaska Native Tribes Receive Technical Assistance for Local Clean Energy Projects
AlaskaNative Village of KwinhagakCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2012Alaska Native Tribes Receive Technical Assistance for Local Clean Energy Projects
AlaskaNative Village of TellerCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2012Native Village of Teller Addresses Heating Fuel Shortage, Improves Energy Security
AlaskaOrganized Village of KakeCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2012Strategic Planning Opens Doors for Isolated Alaskan Village
AlaskaVenetie Village CouncilCommunity Energy Planning and Clean Energy Projects2012Alaska Native Tribes Receive Technical Assistance for Local Clean Energy Projects
ArizonaPascua Yaqui TribeFacility-Scale Solar PV System2012Tribal Energy Projects Benefit from Hands-On Technical Support
ArizonaHualapai TribeSolar PV Micro-Grid System2012Tribal Energy Projects Benefit from Hands-On Technical Support
CaliforniaCampo Band of the Kumeyaay NationCommercial-Scale Wind Farm2012New Tribal Nations Energy Initiatives
New MexicoPueblo of ZuniFacility-Scale Solar PV System2012STEM Students Aim to Increase Tribal Self-Sufficiency
WisconsinForest County Potawatomi CommunityCommunity-Scale Biomass2012Forest County Potawatomi Recognized for Renewable Energy Achievements