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

Tribal Energy Program

Project Development

With a strategic plan in hand, knowing your tribe's viable energy options, and having chosen your preferred institutional arrangements, it is then possible to formulate an action plan, raise funding, and move forward with specific projects that contribute to your tribal energy sufficiency goals.

Before actually committing to construction, most energy projects benefit from a more detailed feasibility assessment. The initial screening that takes place during strategic plan development should identify a number of interesting options while generating lots of unanswered questions. For the preferred options, conducting a good feasibility assessment will reduce the list of interesting options down to the possible options, which can be further ranked by criteria important to the tribe. The winners can then move into the project development process.

As part of the feasibility assessment, the tribe should begin discussions with the local electric utility about an interconnection agreement. The interconnection process should proceed in parallel with the project development process, which is mapped out below. Each step will provide you with much, if not all, of the information and documentation needed to move your individual projects forward. To continue, select a step in the process or print the complete process.

The Management DecisionContract OutTribal DevelopmentEngineering DesignPower AgreementPermitting and LicensingProject FinancingHardware DevelopmentConstruction and TrainingCommissioningOperations and MaintenanceGraphic of project development process. Each step is linked to a page describing that step.