TSAF 2020-2021 grantees

More than a dozen tribes and tribal organizations have been awarded funding for new solar projects from the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund.

“The ability to develop and regulate renewable energy is an expression of sovereignty and self-determination,” said Tanksi Clairmont (Lakota), Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund Director. “Our vision for Indian Country is a transition to energy sovereignty that is educational, entrepreneurial, and completely renewable.”

TSAF 2020-2021 grantees:

Cahuilla Band of Indians

Anza, California

The Cahuilla Band of Indians will install residential solar energy systems on eight Cahuilla Tribal elder homes totaling 34.8kW of solar PV. Four of the homes will be roof mounted solar panels and four of the homes will be ground mount solar.

Blackfeet Nation

Heart Butte High School, Browning, Montana

The Blackfeet Community Sustainable Energy Project is a 160.3 kW-DC solar project. The project team will install solar on a virtually net-metered community solar system on the Heart Butte High School in Heart Butte, MT.

Village of Solomon

Nome, Alaska

The 7kW system is proposed to be roof-top fixed on the community building in Solomon. Total project costs are $87k. During installation they will host an “energy summit” that will include training and education opportunities for 20 energy champions.

Oglala Sioux Tribal Housing

Pine Ridge, South Dakota

Oglala Omaste 2020 will install 54.5kW of solar pv on 4 HUD-Veterans Assistance low-rent units and 1 Rural Innovation low-rent unit and 2 large arrays on the roof of the Johnson Holy Rock Administration Building (headquarters of Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing.