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Renewable Energy Project Helps Tribe Reduce Carbon Footprint by 20,000 Tons

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Forest County Potawatomi Tribe

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A photo of a rooftop photovoltaic installation on the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe Administration Building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe in Forest County, Wisconsin, received $2.6 million in Recovery Act funding from DOE for an integrated renewable energy deployment plan using a biogas generation facility and solar photovoltaics to provide heating, cooling, and electricity for the tribe's government buildings, reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 20,000 tons.  In October 2011, the Potawatomi Tribe completed the installation of solar PV panels on the rooftop of their administration building in Milwaukee, which the Tribe estimates will produce approximately 35,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 41 tons annually.

In addition, through FCPC Renewable Generation, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary, the Community developed a 2-megawatt anaerobic digestion and biogas generation facility. The electricity is sold to the local utility and used to power approximately 1,600 homes. Excess heat is recovered and beneficially reused. To help the Tribe identify the best biodigester design for their needs, NREL experts provided a technical review of the preliminary design.

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Learn more about NREL's Technical Assistance for Tribes. For guidance on tribal energy projects see the EERE Tribal Energy Guide and the Office of Indian Energy resource library.