U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands
The Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands program seeks to maximize the deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives and help build the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement those energy solutions. In support of these objectives, this program is consistent with the principles of tribal sovereignty and self-determination, and with an all of-the-above energy strategy that recognizes the breadth of energy resources on tribal lands, and each tribe’s right to use them as they see fit. Projects sought under this program are fuel and technology neutral. The program seeks applications to:
- Install energy generating system(s) and/or energy efficiency measure(s) for tribal building(s) (Topic Area 1)
- Deploy community-scale energy generating system(s) or energy storage on tribal lands (Topic Area 2)
- Install integrated energy system(s) for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid) to power a single or multiple essential tribal facilities during emergency situations (Topic Area 3.a.) or for tribal community resilience (Topic Area 3.b.)
- Deploy energy infrastructure or integrated energy system(s) to electrify tribal buildings (Topic Area 4)
Amount: Approximately $3,500,000-$15,000,000 is available to make 5-15 awards. Award amounts are dependent upon topic area:
- Topic Area 1: $50,000-$1,000,000
- Topic Area 2: $250,000-$2,000,000
- Topic Area 3.a: $50,000-$1,000,000
- Topic Area 3.b: $250,000-$2,000,000
- Topic Area 4: $250,000-$2,000,000
A 50% cost share of the total allowable costs of the project is required. All cost share must come from non-federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law.
Eligibility: Indian tribes, intertribal organizations, and tribal energy development organization. Applications from a consortium of Indian tribes (tribal consortium) will be accepted but must be submitted by a single Indian tribe acting as the applicant representing the consortium. Applications may also be submitted on behalf of Indian tribe(s) by an authorized tribal organization, provided evidence of that authority is supplied as part of the application. Projects must be located on tribal lands.
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