The Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program supports tribal investment in energy-related projects by providing loan guarantees to federally recognized tribes, including Alaska Native villages or regional or village corporations, or a Tribal Energy Development Organization that is wholly or substantially owned by a federally recognized Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Corporation. The IRA increased the available loan authority from $2 billion to $20 billion and provided $75 million to carry out the program.



Loan Programs Office

New Program:


Funding Amount:

$75,000,000 to carry out program appropriated under IRA and loan authority increased to $20 billion under IRA

Funding Mechanism:

Loan Guarantees, including guarantees of Federal Financing Bank loans


DOE’s tribal energy financing is available to eligible Indian Tribes or entities, including Alaska Native village or regional or village corporations, or other financial institutions or tribes meeting certain criteria established by DOE, that are able to demonstrate being eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians, or their wholly-owned entities with appropriate legal authority. In addition, a Tribal Energy Development Organization that is wholly or substantially owned by a federally recognized tribe is eligible.

Period of Availability:

Loan Guarantee authority has no expiration

Assistance Listing:


Formula Funding:


Tribal Eligibility:


Cost Share Requirement:


More Information

DOE can support a broad range of projects and activities for the development of energy resources, products, and services that utilize commercial technology (innovative technology is permitted but not required). The following non-exclusive list of potential types of eligible projects is provided for illustrative purposes only:

  • Solar (with and without battery storage).  
  • Wind Farms (with and without battery storage).  
  • Microgrids and Virtual Power Plants.  
  • Electric Vehicle Battery Charging Stations.  
  • Biopower: Agriculture and Forest Waste to Synthetic Gas Power.  
  • Mining and Fossil Energy Production. 
  • Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage.  
  • Transmission and Distribution. 
  • Energy Resource Recycling. 

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