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2010 Projects Funding History

In Fiscal Year 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) solicited applications for financial assistance from federally recognized Native American tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Alaska Native corporations.

A total of 36 projects were selected under the 2009 solicitations and received awards in 2010. For a list of projects, see "2010" under projects by year.

Three solicitations were issued and are summarized below.

Renewable Energy or Energy Efficiency Deployment in Indian Country

Under this solicitation, DOE sought applications for:

  1. Installation of efficiency improvements to existing tribally owned buildings, including;

    • Energy efficiency improvements and/or
    • Renewable energy system installations for building heating or cooling; or
  2. Preconstruction activities for renewable energy projects; or

  3. Construction of renewable energy projects for power production. 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.

Eleven projects were awarded, including five energy efficiency installation projects, five renewable energy preconstruction projects, and one renewable energy construction project.

Assessing the Feasibility of Renewable Energy Development and Energy Efficiency Deployment on Tribal Lands

Under this solicitation, DOE sought applications to conduct feasibility studies for either the:

  1. Implementation of building efficiency measures, including:

    • Energy efficiency improvements and/or
    • Renewable energy systems to meet the building's heating or cooling load; or
  2. Development of economically sustainable renewable energy installations.

Seventeen feasibility studies were awarded.

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

Under this solicitation, DOE sought applications for:

  • Technical and administrative weatherization education and training and/or
  • Skills development through apprenticeships or on-the-job training at existing weatherization provider organizations.

Eight First Steps projects were awarded in 2010.