The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Denali Commission, an independent federal agency that provides utility, infrastructure and economic support throughout Alaska, have announced that five Alaska Native communities will receive technical expertise through the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) program.
Through the START awards, each Alaska Native tribe will receive technical assistance focused on community-based energy planning, energy awareness and training programs, and clean energy deployment and financing opportunities.
Additionally, each village is eligible for up to $250,000 in financial assistance to deploy a renewable energy or energy efficiency project, supported by the DOE's Tribal Energy grant program.
‘Through the START program, we are helping Native American and Alaska Native communities increase local generation capacity, enhance energy efficiency measures and create job opportunities in the new clean energy economy,’ says Tracey A. LeBeau, director of the DOE's Office of Indian Energy. ‘The technical assistance awards for clean energy tribal projects announced today will help advance sustainable rural resources, while addressing the unique energy challenges facing Alaskan communities.’