Commercial-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop

July 29–31, 2014
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, Colorado 80401

Presented by the Tribal Energy Program and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), this interactive workshop will walk participants through five steps to help tribes understand the process for and potential pitfalls of developing commercial-scale renewable energy projects.

Attendees will learn how commercial-scale renewable energy project development can advance tribal goals and hear from other tribes about their experiences.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is specifically designed for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders and tribal executives, accountants, and attorneys interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to embark on the path of developing a commercial-scale renewable energy project.

What You Will Learn

Using course materials and case studies, technical experts from NREL will go over the steps necessary to develop and finance commercial-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands, including how to:

  • Assess project potential
  • Determine technology options
  • Refine the project
  • Implement financing and construction
  • Plan for project operation and maintenance.

For more information, see the draft agenda.

In preparation for the meeting, we ask that attendees review the "Foundational Topics" course on the National Training & Education Resource website. From the NTER website, search for "DOE-IE Renewable Energy Curriculum."


There is no cost to attend this workshop, but advance registration is requested. Online registration is now closed; however, those wishing to attend may still register by emailing


Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. The Denver West Marriott is offering workshop attendees a discounted rate of $156/night through July 14, 2014. After this date, we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. To make reservations at the group rate, book online or call Marriott Reservations directly at 1-800-228-9290 or 303-279-9100 and ask for the group name “NREL Indian Energy Workshop.”