US DOE to fund $9m in Native American decentralized energy projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is to supply $9 million in funding to 24 Native American communities for 16 decentralized energy projects.

The supported projects will include solar power, small wind, energy efficiency retrofits and combined heat and power (CHP) plants.

The DOE said its funding is expected to be leveraged by nearly $16 million in cost sharing under the selected projects, meaning the projects represent a potential total investment value exceeding $25 million.

Among the competitively chosen projects are a 50 kW tidal power system in the Isanotski Strait in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands; a 900 kW wind turbine project, also in Alaska; a 615 kW community solar photovoltaic (PV) installation on the St Regis Mohawk Reservation in New York state; and a 600 kWe/614 kWth gas-fired CHP system in Michigan.

‘The Energy Department is committed to maximizing the development and deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives,’ said Christopher Deschene, director of the DOE’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. 

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