By Christopher Kolomitz
Nineteen tribal nations across the country have been awarded more than $6.5 million for clean energy-related projects by the Department of Energy.
The project awards range from $100,000-200,000 to more than $1 million for feasibility studies regarding wind and solar projects. Several of the notable projects include the Oneida Seven Tribe in Wisconsin to build a waste gasification energy recovery facility capable of converting 150 tons of municipal waste into 5 megawatts of electricity per hour; projects in Alaska to use tidal energy and efforts to reduce the dependency upon diesel; and projects that look to heat tribal buildings through biomass facilities.
According to Department officials, the competitively selected projects will allow Native American tribes to advance clean energy within their communities by assessing local energy resources, developing renewable energy projects, and deploying clean energy technologies. These projects will help tribal communities across the country save money and create new jobs and business opportunities.