DOE gives USD 16m for solar and other tribal clean energy projects

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July 29 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of Energy (DOE) last week released a list of 14 projects by Native American and Alaska Native communities that will receive USD 16 million (EUR 14.4m) in funding to install 13 MW of green energy capacity and take measures to stabilise energy costs and boost their energy security and resilience.

Most of the projects involve the installation of solar power capacity on rooftops, parking-lot canopy structures and on the ground. The list also includes energy storage, heat recovery, energy efficiency measures, the creation or upgrade of microgrids, and one 35-kW marine energy project in the Kvichak River, for which the Igiugig Village Council (IVC) in Alaska has secured USD 1.52 million of DOE funds.

The total value of the projects will reach USD 39 million, with USD 23 million coming from the tribal communities themselves, the DOE said. 

“Combined, these projects add up to over 13 megawatts of installed generation that will impact over 900 tribal buildings, with combined annual savings of approximately USD 7.5 million—significant investments that will yield tangible results to improve the quality of life for these communities,” said Kevin Frost, Director of the Office of Indian Energy.

The full list is available at: https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-announces-16-million-14-tribal-energy-infrastructure-deployment-projects

(USD 1 = EUR 0.9)

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