2000-2001 Projects Funding History

In fiscal year 2000, in support of Executive Order 13021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a solicitation for renewable energy development at tribal colleges and universities. The solicitation was titled "Feasibility Studies for Potential Application of Renewable Energy Technologies at Tribal Colleges and Universities."

The main objective of this solicitation was to demonstrate the viability of installing renewable energy systems at tribal colleges and universities. The second objective was to integrate renewable energy courses into educational programs and science curricula, with an emphasis on experiential teaching so that students and their communities could learn about the use and benefits of these technologies.

The program was designed with two phases. The initial phase focused on feasibility studies conducted by tribal colleges and universities (and their selected partners and subcontractors). Its purpose was to determine the most appropriate renewable energy technologies to implement, and how to integrate those technologies with an educational and outreach program to the tribal community. The second phase focused on the installation of the renewable energy hardware and implementation of the related educational program.

Fourteen tribal colleges and universities responded to the solicitation, resulting in seven one-year feasibility studies being awarded. Total DOE funds for the feasibility study phase were $700,000. Through a competitive process, one tribal college, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, was awarded subsequent funding to install renewable energy hardware and integrate renewable energy into their curricula.