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Technical Assistance for Tribes

NREL provides technical assistance to help tribes build capacity to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy technology projects. We work with tribal communities across the continental United States and Alaska through two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs: the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Tribal Energy Program and the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.

A photo of a rooftop photovoltaic installation on the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe Administration Building.

Forest County Potawatomi Tribe

Renewable Energy Projects Help Tribe Reduce Carbon Footprint

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

NREL technical assistance and capacity building on U.S. tribal lands includes:

  • Providing unbiased technical expertise and analysis on potential energy projects
  • Helping install renewable energy systems
  • Facilitating strategic partnerships and discussions
  • Working with Native American communities to implement solutions to energy and environmental challenges.

Tribal Energy Program

The EERE Tribal Energy Program promotes tribal energy sufficiency and fosters economic development and employment on tribal lands through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The program provides financial and technical assistance to tribes to evaluate and develop their renewable energy resources and reduce their energy consumption through efficiency and weatherization. It also offers education and training opportunities to help build the knowledge and skills essential for sustainable energy projects. Learn more on the EERE Tribal Energy Program website.

Office of Indian Energy

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs was established by Congress to direct, foster, coordinate, and implement energy planning, education, and programs that assist Tribes, Alaska Natives, and eligible tribal entities with energy development capacity building, energy infrastructure, energy costs, and electrification of Indian lands and homes. Learn more about the office's key initiatives including the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Teams (START) Program, Tribal Leader Energy Forums, education and training, and energy resource library on the DOE Office of Indian Energy website.

For guidance on tribal energy projects see the EERE Tribal Energy Guide and the Office of Indian Energy resource library.

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For more information on NREL's work with tribes, contact us.

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