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

Tribal Energy Program

Tribal Development

Opting for tribal development is a large commitment to the future and a strong commitment to tribal sovereignty. Armed with a strong tribal champion, a supportive Tribal Council, and some carefully selected consultants, it is certainly possible to implement projects within the tribal framework. The scale and complexity of the project makes a difference too. Even for large electric utilities, it is often commonplace to contract out engineering design, construction, and commissioning of large coal-fired power plants. But for smaller projects—including building efficiency improvements and many renewable energy technologies—the modularity or integrated systems nature of the technology lends itself to development of local expertise, management, installation, and maintenance.

While the sequence of steps outlined in the overall graphic indicates a very step-wise approach, in reality many of these steps may overlap in time and there may be iterations among steps. For example, permit requirements may impact the engineering design.