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2009 Projects Funding History

In Fiscal Year 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Tribal Energy Program issued three project funding opportunity announcements:

  • First Steps Toward Tribal Weatherization—Human Capacity Development
  • Assessing the Feasibility of Renewable Energy Development and Energy Efficiency Deployment on Tribal Lands
  • Renewable Energy or Energy Efficiency Deployment in Indian Country

Applications for financial assistance were solicited from federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native villages or regional or village corporations, and tribal energy resource development organizations.

Even though DOE announced (see below) the selection of 36 tribal projects in August 2009, due to the Recovery Act and resulting workload, the awards were not made until 2010. See 2010 Funding History for more detail.

Award Announcement

On August 13, 2009, DOE announced the availability of up to $13.6 million in multi-year funding for new clean energy projects on tribal lands. Thirty-six Native American tribes and Alaska Native villages have been selected to receive awards that will advance renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency and conservation projects on tribal lands and rural Alaska Native villages. The DOE funding, awarded through a competitive process, is expected to be matched by up to $27 million in public and private investment, for a total value of nearly $41 million.

In addition to the Alaska Native villages, the funding will go to tribes in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin. Of the 36 Native American tribes and villages whose projects have been selected for negotiation, 8 projects will provide weatherization training and resources to tribal members, 17 projects will focus on assessing the feasibility of renewable energy development and energy efficiency deployment on tribal lands, and 11 projects will fund the development of renewable energy projects and the deployment of energy efficiency measures on tribal lands and villages. The renewable energy projects will employ hydropower and wind power, while the feasibility studies will be examining a wide range of renewable energy technologies.