U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Tribal Energy Program

The Management Decision

Deciding how to manage the detailed project development and construction phase is an important tribal management decision. There are basically two paths to take: The project can be contracted out to an engineering firm or developer, or the project can be carried out through multiple smaller contracts, having the tribe act as the developer or general contractor. There can be a mixing of these two extremes as well. In either event, it is important that the tribe maintain control. The second option obviously requires more internal tribal management capacity and expertise than the contract-out option. However even under the contract-out option, the tribe should use every opportunity to use the actual engineering and construction of a project for tribal capacity building.