Tribes Get $6 Million in Federal Funds for Energy Efficiency Projects
Indian Country Today Media Network, March 23, 2015
Eleven tribal communities are receiving a total of $6 million toward renewable energy projects and technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced.
The communities selected competed for the grants, the bulk of which will fund solar projects. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of Palm Springs, California, will install a 76.9-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system to offset the energy usage costs of the Tribal Education and Family Services offices, saving $20,000 annually, for instance. Likewise the Bishop Paiute Tribe of Bishop, California will install solar panels on low-income homes. The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska in Juneau ) retrofit its headquarters to reduce energy use by 30 percent, and the Oneida Nation of New York in Oneida, NY will make its utility plant more energy efficient.
The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin in Oneida, Wisconsin, the Pala Band of Mission Indians of Pala, California, the Santo Domingo Tribe of Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico (Kewa Pueblo), the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians in San Jacinto, California will install a one-megawatt ground-mounted solar PV system to meet 80 percent of the annual energy needs of facilities within the community. The project will provide jobs and $6.4 million in savings over 20 years, which can be redirected to other vital community needs, the DOE said.