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The United States Department of Energy is providing $7 million for nine tribal clean energy projects to help American Indian and Alaska Native tribes save their communities money, enhance their energy security, and create new business opportunities. 

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says, “American Indian and Alaska Native tribes host a wide range of untapped energy resources that can help build a sustainable energy future for their local communities. Responsible development of these clean energy resources will help cut energy waste and fight the harmful effects of carbon pollution – strengthening energy security of Tribal nations throughout the country.”

According to a recent study by the DOE’s Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, American Indian tribal land makes up two percent of the United States’ total land but contains an estimated five percent of all American renewable energy resources.

The projects include installing a solar electric system at the Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government; installing solar panels on eight tribal facilities at the Forest County Potawatomi Community; installing a biomass-fueled combined heat and power system to power the Menominee Tribal Enterprises sawmill and lumber drying operation; constructing a 1.8-megawatt wind turbine near Lake Erie that is expected to generate about 50 percent of the electricity used on the entire Seneca Nation of Indians reservation; installing an 800-kilowatt solar energy system to provide energy to numerous buildings for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe;

installing solar arrays on three of the Tonto Apache Tribe’s largest energy consuming buildings; and installing a solar energy system to help power the Winnebago Tribe police and fire building.

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