2005 Projects Funding History

In fiscal year 2005, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) solicited applications for financial assistance from federally recognized Native American tribes, Alaskan Native villages, and Alaskan Native corporations interested in renewable energy development on tribal lands.

A total of 20 projects received awards in 2005. Two solicitations were issued 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.

Eight feasibility studies and one development project were awarded in 2005.

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.

Eleven "First Steps" projects were awarded in 2005.