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Energy, Native Peoples, Sustainability

Tribal Program

GRID Alternatives’ National Tribal Program has worked since 2010 to help tribal communities across the United States achieve their renewable energy goals. Using a community-centric approach, we partner with Tribes to identify, develop, finance and implement solar power projects that meet community needs, including education, hands-on training, and energy cost reductions for tribal members.

Tribes have a long history of energy exploitation, particularly with extractive industries. Locally sited and controlled renewable energy offers Tribes the opportunity take control of their energy resources, keep local dollars in the community, and reap the long-term environmental and economic benefits of their investment. GRID combines training with project development and strategic support to help tribal governments achieve their vision.

GRID works with tribes to install solar electric systems for tribal members and community facilities. These projects can range from single rooftop solar installations to large-scale projects that meet the energy needs of the whole community. In addition to providing a source of clean, local, renewable energy, these projects typically reduce energy bills for households by 75-90%, savings that can be re-invested in the community.

Top Benefits

  • GRID partners with tribal colleges and workforce development programs to provide students with hands-on solar training and connections to local solar companies
  • GRID offers workshops and energy efficiency education to tribal members
  • GRID works with k-12 schools to introduce students to renewable energy
  • GRID has relationships with foundations, corporate philanthropists, and government agencies that provide funding for solar projects
  • GRID works with tribes to identify and win funding from every available source and maximize their long-term return on investment

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