1999 Projects Funding History

In fiscal year 1999, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Golden Field Office issued a solicitation for "Remote Applications of Renewable Power Technologies on Native American Lands." The solicitation asked tribes to develop and field-validate renewable power systems on reservations or tribally owned lands.

DOE only considered applications that included, as an active partner, a federally recognized Indian tribe or Alaskan Native corporation on whose reservation or other tribally owned lands the systems would be located.

DOE competitively awarded and funded eight projects, totalling $1.8 million. As a result, tribes installed solar electric (photovoltaic) and solar hot water heating systems and wind turbines, and demonstrated the potential for job creation, market penetration of renewable power technology, replicability, and economic and environmental benefits to the participating tribes or tribal members.

The projects are described in a paper, Using Renewable Energy on Native American Lands, presented at the 2000 American Solar Energy SocietyConference.