Funding, Technical Assistance and Renewable Energy Credits

Here you'll find information on technical assistance, funding, and renewable energy credits for tribal energy projects from a variety of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and federal government programs. To explore current opportunities available to tribes, click on the titles of the solicitations in the table below.

Opportunity Close Date
USDA Housing Preservation Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making up to $3.3 million available to make housing repairs for low and very low income rural residents, including repairing or replacing electrical wiring, foundations, roofs, insulation, heating systems, and water/waste disposal systems. Eligible entities include town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized tribes, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations.

USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program to identify and address natural resource objectives in balance with operational goals in order to benefit soil, water, wildlife, and related natural resources locally, regionally, and nationally. Eligible entities include county, state, local, and tribal governments, and nonprofits.

Xcel Energy's Public Service Company of Colorado RFP

Xcel Energy's Public Service Company of Colorado request for proposals (RFP) is seeking 10.1 kilowatts (kW) to 2 megawatts (MW) of solar energy and associated renewable energy certificates generated from Community Solar Gardens. This RFP is a part of Public Service's Solar*Rewards Community program. The total available program capacity is between 6 and 29.5 MW.
Bids will be accepted until 4 p.m. Mountain time on July 9, 2015. All bids must be transmitted by express, certified, or registered mail, or hand delivered to the Public Service SRC RFP Project Manager at the following address:
Public Service SRC RFP Project Manager Kevin Cray
Xcel Energy
1800 Larimer St., Suite 1500
Denver, CO 80202

EPA Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications for the Tribal Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program for tribal projects to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure. Eligible entities include tribal governments.

PacifiCorp RFP

PacifiCorp is seeking bids for 15 MW of Utah-based solar photovoltaic resources to support Utah customers that wish to buy the output from solar photovoltaic resources to meet a portion of their energy requirements. The resources must be located in Utah and interconnect with or demonstrate firm transmission service to Rocky Mountain Power’s transmission or distribution network. Projects must meet the minimum size requirement of at least 2 MW alternating current (MWAC) and each resource must be a discrete generating asset that can be individually metered and remotely monitored. Multiple smaller projects that are less than 2 MWAC with a minimum aggregate size of 2 MWAC will be considered. For questions, e-mail

DTE Energy Request for Proposals

DTE Energy request for proposals (RFP) is seeking proposals to develop a 5- to 50-MW solar energy facility and also from land owners with a minimum of 20 acres who are interested in hosting a solar project. The solar generating system must be in DTE Energy's service are and operational by Dec. 31, 2016. Registration is required.

DOE Solar Training and Education for Professionals

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) funding opportunity will support many activities in solar training and education. It will ensure that solar instructors are well connected to solar employers, the Solar Training Network materials are up-to-date, and veterans are connected to solar training institutions. Eligible applicants include small businesses, state governments, federally recognized tribal governments and tribal organizations, city governments, county governments and nonprofits.

DOE Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is accepting applications to develop and implement an effective purchasing and procurement process designed to coordinate and consolidate bulk orders of alternative fuel vehicles, subcomponents, advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and refueling and charging infrastructure to significantly reduce the incremental cost of commercially available vehicles and an associated reduction in reduced United States dependence on foreign oil.

Dairyland Power Cooperative RFP for Solar Energy

Dairyland Power Cooperative has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 25 MW of renewable energy from one or more utility-scale photovoltaic solar facilities. Responses to the RFP are due by 2 p.m. Central Daylight Time. 

Green Business Development in Indian Country Start-Up Award

Trees, Water, & People is accepting applications for the Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award and offering assistance to one selected applicant in starting their own business in a related field. The winning applicant will receive the following benefits from Trees, Water, & People: 

  • Crowd-funding campaign on your business' behalf
  • Request to Trees, Water, & People's donors to contribute to your start-up company
  • Technical Assistance.
The amount will be entirely dependent upon the donations Trees, Water, & People receive, but may be up to $20,000. Eligible applicants are Native Americans who are starting their own renewable energy and/or energy efficiency related business.

IRS Clean Renewable Energy Bonds
The Internal Review Service (IRS) is accepting applications for a volume cap of up to $800 million to finance the costs of a qualified renewable energy facility or facilities, such as wind, closed- or open-loop biomass, geothermal, solar, small irrigation, and other facilities. The application must indicate the expected date of construction and when each facility will be placed in service. Eligible applicants include governmental bodies, including Tribes, and cooperative electric companies.

DOE Tribal Energy Program Technical Assistance

The Tribal Energy Program, together with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, provides technical assistance to federally recognized tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities to advance tribal renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Technical experts from DOE, DOE's national laboratories, and others are available to provide up to 40 hours of in-depth support, including strategic energy planning and project development support.

The goal of the technical assistance is to address a specific challenge or fulfill a specific need that is essential to a current project's successful implementation. The intended result is a tangible product or specific deliverable designed to help move the project forward.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation Grants

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation has several grants available for tribes focusing on education, cultural awareness, economic opportunity, or legal reform. The Foundation creates grants to Indian nations and nonprofit organizations, and work closely with several affiliate organizations, who share our mission and goals.

USDA Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications to assist rural communities that have experienced a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water due to an emergency, or in which such decline is considered imminent, to obtain or maintain adequate quantities of water that meets the standards set by the Safe Drinking Water Act. This emergency is considered an occurrence of an incident such as, but not limited to, a drought, earthquake, flood, tornado, hurricane, disease outbreak, or chemical spill.

DOI Indian Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development is accepting loan applications on an ongoing basis through the Indian Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program. Operated by 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs regional offices cross the country in coordination with the Division of Capital Investment in Washington, D.C., the program is aimed at spurring the development of viable Indian businesses through conventional lender financing. Tribes or individuals simply apply for a loan through any lender that regularly engages in making loans; in cases where the lending institution would not otherwise approve a borrower’s loan application, the lender may apply for a loan guaranty. By helping reduce the risk incurred by lenders, the program helps borrowers secure financing that might otherwise be unavailable. Eligible entities include federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native groups.p>

NC GreenPower Open RFP for Carbon Offsets and RECs

NC GreenPower is seeking proposals for projects that mitigate greenhouse gases; projects that reduce emissions indirectly from displaced electricity are not eligible. Priority will be given to purchasing carbon offsets from participating utility service territories in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

In addition, NC GreenPower is accepting bids for renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with renewable energy generated in North Carolina and supplied to the North Carolina electric grid. These bids provide NC GreenPower with a portfolio of available renewable energy projects to offer to NC GreenPower customers who purchase $15,000 or more annually on renewable energy credits (called a Brokered Bid). This is an ongoing, open-bid process for the Brokered Bid product only and includes any eligible renewable energy project, including large solar PV (over 5.0 kW) and large wind (over 10.0 kW).

USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) incentives will resume this summer. The incentives will assist farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners with growing, maintaining, and harvesting biomass that can be used for energy or bio-based products. Farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners can also receive financial assistance to grow biomass crops that will be converted into energy in selected BCAP project areas. New BCAP project area proposals will be solicited beginning this summer and accepted through fall 2015, with new project area announcements and enrollments taking place in early spring 2016. Once the call for solicitations is announced, Tribes will need to review the eligibility to ensure they qualify.

Other Tools and Resources for Tribal Energy Development

For information on federal, state, and utility energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives, and local policies on interconnection and net metering, see the DOE-funded database of state incentives for renewables and efficiency (DSIRE). Established in 1995, DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information related to policies and incentives that support the nation's use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

For an efficient and convenient method of identifying and accessing all relevant federal government grant, loan, and technical assistance opportunities, see the Federal Energy Development Assistance Tool or visit the following agency Web pages:

U.S. Department of Agriculture

See information on Rural Business Development Grants.

U.S. Department of Commerce

For funding opportunities, see the Economic Development Administration website.

U.S. Department of Energy

For funding opportunities through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), see EERE Financial Opportunities. For information on how to apply and the process EERE uses to evaluate applications, see New EERE Applicants.

The DOE Weatherization Assistance Program has funds to improve the energy performance of dwellings of low-income families using the most advanced technologies.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

See Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Tribal Agencies. If your tribe is not a LIHEAP tribal grantee, you may need to contact your state agency for assistance.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

See information on grants for Indian housing and community development.

U.S. Department of the Interior – Bureau of Indian Affairs

See information on the Division of Energy and Mineral Development's Tribal Grant Program and for environmental resources for tribal energy development, see the Tribal Energy and environmental Information Clearinghouse.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

From the American Indian Environmental Office, see the Tribal Portal for information on grants and funding.