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Sovereign Energy Solutions

The Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund catalyzes the growth of solar energy and expands solar job opportunities in tribal communities across the United States.

Our vision for Indian Country is a transition to energy sovereignty that is educational, entrepreneurial, and completely renewable.

Renewable Energy
Development

We advance energy sovereignty through Facility and Residential Project Grants, Energy Plan Grants, and Gap Funding Grants

Facility and Residential Project Grants

Tribal Facility Solar Project Funding can include rooftop, carport or ground-mount solar installations that meet the energy needs of the tribal community.

Tribal Residential Solar Project Funding is designated for solar energy installed on a single-family home or small multi-family complex to significantly reduce the financial burden spent on electricity costs.

The 2022 grant cycle has now closed.

Tribal Energy Plans help tribal communities work towards a better environment for all community members by using a comprehensive plan of action as a guide to develop a more sustainable energy future.

Grants of up to $25,000 can be used to compensate the planning team for their time, contract the services of consultants or other third-party experts, and cover the costs of public meetings and other methods soliciting public input.  

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for Energy Plan Grants is now open until funds are fully subscribed.

Successful renewable energy project development often includes funding partnerships between public, private, and philanthropic stakeholders. 

To help leverage the mix of resources available to tribes, Gap Funding Grants can be used to meet funder and investor requirements to adequately finance tribal renewable energy projects. 

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for Gap Funding Grants is now open.

Leadership
Development

We strengthen Indigenous leaders through fellowship, internship, and scholarship opportunities

Fellowships

Our Tribal Energy Innovators Fellowship offers a $25,000 award for federally-recognized tribal members who are entrepreneurs, or a member of a cooperative or social/business enterprise that supports renewable energy infrastructure and capacity building in tribal communities.

The 2022 application cycle is now closed

Our internships are open to any federally-recognized tribal members with an interest in our work. Internships are designed to meet the educational learning objectives of each intern. We also host a Summer Associates program as another experiential education opportunity. 

The 2022 Internship application is now OPEN

Our scholarships provide funding for students pursuing renewable energy majors, interests, and careers in both tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) and federally-recognized tribal members in mainstream institutions. 

Scholarship applications are now OPEN