START Program (DOE)
Over the past year, the Dept of Energy’s START Program has helped nine Tribal communities advance their clean energy technology and infrastructure projects – from solar and wind to biofuels and energy efficiency. Through the current round of START projects, energy experts at the Department’s National Laboratories and at other federal agencies have worked side-by-side with tribal leaders to develop strategic community energy plans, conduct market research and identify financing mechanisms to support cost-effective renewable energy project development. This second round of technical assistance awards will build upon the initial successes of the START Program and further help Native American and Alaska Native communities increase local generation capacity, enhance energy efficiency measures and create local entrepreneurial and job opportunities. In the contiguous United States, Energy Department and National Laboratory experts will provide technical assistance on Tribes’ clean energy project development – supporting community-scale renewable energy projects across the country. For more info., and application requirements, visit Office of Indian Energy website.
Mansel A Nelson
Tribal Environmental Education Outreach