2003 Projects Funding History

In fiscal year (FY) 2003, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) solicited applications for financial assistance from federally recognized tribes and Alaskan Native corporations interested in renewable energy development on tribal lands.

A total of 24 projects received awards in 2003. This includes eight feasibility studies that were competitively selected in FY 2002 but not funded until 2003.
Two solicitations were issued in 2003 and are summarized below.

Renewable Energy Development on Tribal Lands

Under this solicitation, DOE sought applications to:

  • Conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy installations on tribal lands (no cost share required)
  • Develop economically sustainable renewable energy projects (20% cost share required).

The feasibility studies were intended to demonstrate the potential sustainability of renewable energy development on tribal lands, including the potential economic and environmental benefits to the tribe.

The development projects were the result of previously conducted feasibility assessments and were intended to demonstrate the potential for job creation, market penetration locally or for export, replicability, and the environmental and economic benefits to the tribe.

Seven projects, including three development projects and four feasibility studies, were competitively selected and awarded under this solicitation in FY 2003. (This figure does not include the eight feasibility studies selected in 2002 and funded in 2003.)

First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands

Under this solicitation, DOE sought applications for:

  • Strategic energy planning
  • Energy options analysis or resource planning
  • Energy organization development
  • Human capacity building.

A total of nine "First Steps" projects were competitively selected and awarded in 2003. The DOE press release provides a brief summary of these "First Steps" project awards.