GRID Alternatives’ national Tribal Program has worked since 2010 to help tribal communities across the United States achieve their renewable energy goals, while training tribal members to enter the solar workforce.
In 2018, GRID announced the launch of the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund to provide seed capital to accelerate the development of new solar projects in tribal communities across the country. Wells Fargo, a major supporter of GRID since 2012, is supporting the launch of the fund with a commitment of $5 million over three years.
The Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund provides vital capital for tribes to complete new solar demonstration projects, build workforce development resources, and develop long-term tribal energy plans in alignment with their energy sovereignty goals.
The Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund will provide the following resources to selected tribes:
- Technical assistance on solar project development and renewable energy strategy
- Direct installation of solar PV systems on tribal homes and community buildings
- Tribal workforce development partnerships with tribal colleges, high schools and tribal enterprises
- Community outreach services and connections to energy efficiency resources
2018 grantees include the Spokane Tribe of Wellpinit, Washington, the Chemehuevi Tribe, and the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians. An open application process for additional prospective grantees will be announced in early 2019. Stay tuned for more information about submitting a proposal for funding.