The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is providing nearly $9 million in funding to 13 Native American and Alaska Native communities for 14 renewable and advanced energy projects, including solar energy installations.
Among the projects:
Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Plummer, Idaho: 35.2 kW of photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of the Tribe’s Coeur Center, a new youth recreation center located in Worley, Idaho. The solar photovoltaic system is expected to reduce the Centre’s energy consumption by nearly 41,750 kWh per year, resulting in lifetime savings of $136,259.
Karuk Tribe, Happy Camp, CA: A 947 kW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system for the tribal casino and office trailers, and an 18.4 kW roof-mounted system for the newly constructed wellness center. The project will also install 310 kW of photovoltaic solar panels and 580 kWh of battery storage on 39 elderly homes to power critical loads during grid outages.
La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, Pauma Valley, CA: 104.72 kW of solar photovoltaic systems and 132 kWh of battery storage to power the La Jolla Trading Post, the only store and gas station on the Indian Reservation from La Jolla.
Puvurnaq Power Co., Kongiganak, Alaska: This tribal-owned village utility will purchase, install, and integrate a 200 kW solar photovoltaic generator with an existing wind-powered diesel battery power system in the village of Kongiganak.
The full list of projects is available here.