2006 Projects Funding History

In fiscal year (FY) 2005, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) solicited applications for financial assistance from federally recognized tribes or Alaskan Native corporations to conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy installations on tribal lands, and for "First Steps" projects (initial steps toward renewable energy and energy efficiency development).

Of the 14 feasibility study applications selected for funding under the FY 2005 solicitation, eight tribal projects were awarded in 2005 and six were awarded using FY 2006 funds. These feasibility studies are intended to demonstrate the potential sustainability of renewable energy development on tribal lands, including the potential economic and environmental benefits to the tribe.

Of the 16 "First Steps" study applications selected, 11 were awarded in 2005 and five were awarded in FY 2006. These "First Steps" projects are focused on energy options analysis or resource planning, human capacity building, and organizational development related to the implementation of sustainable energy efficiency or development of renewable energy.

The DOE press release provides a brief summary of the 2006 awards.