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A three-year, nearly $1.7 million Department of Energy grant will help a Native-led renewable energy nonprofit weatherize 30 homes across three reservations.

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The Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota lights up at night like candles on a birthday cake in a darkened room, illuminated by scads of oil well rigs that are flaring off millions of dollars worth of natural gas annually. 

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Solar entrepreneur Robert Blake believes renewable energy represents a natural expansion for tribes, both economically and culturally. 

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OAKLAND, Calif. — A Native-focused solar energy  nonprofit will open requests for proposals totaling $1.7 million in funding over three grant programs this summer.

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Based on feedback from tribes, the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office has made several key changes to a debt capital program intended to help spur energy development projects in Indian Country. 

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LAME DEER, Mont. — The Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana has partnered with solar nonprofit Indigenized Energy Initiative to develop the $4 million, 1.25-megawatt White River Community Solar Project on the tribe’s reservation.

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Tribes across Indian Country will be launching a slew of renewable energy projects this year with help from the U.S. Department of Energy. For one tribe, it’s more about caring for Mother Earth than balancing the checkbook.

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Thanks to a new infusion of capital, the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund is itself poised for acceleration. 

The solar project development organization under the umbrella of Oakland, Calif.-based GRID Alternatives received $12 million in funding from Bezos Earth Fund, a philanthropic venture led by Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos that invested $38 million in five Native nonprofits.

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A tribal clean energy developer hopes an electric vehicle infrastructure grant can help two Upper Midwest reservations move forward after recent pipeline battles.

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Berkeley, Calif.-based renewable energy nonprofit Covenant Solar Energy wanted to step away from its association with faith-based organizations and into something more obviously Native.