DOE plans new award round for Native American clean energy projects

On Sept. 26, during the White House Tribal Nations Conference, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Indian Energy announced a Notice of Intent to issue later this year a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands.”

Through the planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes (including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations) and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to:

  • install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings; and
  • deploy clean energy systems on a community scale. 

The Office of Indian Energy is authorized to fund and implement a variety of programmatic activities that assist American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages with energy development, capacity building, energy cost reduction, and electrification of Indian lands and homes.

DOE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of grants. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately from one to two years, but no longer than three years. DOE anticipates making awards that range from $50,000 to $500,000 for Area of Interest 1 (Tribal Building Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Retrofits) and from $250,000 to $1,000,000 for Area of Interest 2 (Community-Scale Clean Energy Deployment).

Under Area of Interest 2, DOE anticipates soliciting applications for the deployment of community-scale clean energy systems (renewable energy power systems and/or combined heat and power systems) on Indian lands to provide electricity, and/or heating or cooling to many buildings or to an entire tribal community.

This notice was issued so that interested parties are aware of the DOE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this notice is subject to change. 

The Office of Indian Energy plans to issue the FOA in November 2016 via the EERE Exchange website (

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