New projects due to arrive in Heart Butte featured in Sept. 1 celebration (9/28/21)

Funding for the project came from Grid Alternatives’ Tribal Solar Acceleration Plan, as well as the Bonneville Environmental Fund, the Heart Butte School District and Black-feet Community College.

Watch from start to finish in the TSAF funded Village of Solomon off-grid 7 kW rooftop solar install (8/30/21)

“Solarizing Solomon” 2020-2021 TSAF project is a 7kW roof-top fixed system on the community building in Solomon. The amount of energy saved, displaced, or generated (KW). The system will replace 1,739 gallons of #1 oil and 3,955 kwH diesel, which will provide an annual savings of $11,232 which is 75% of the total annual energy demand costs.

Solar power nonprofit goes digital to bring installation instruction to underserved communities (11/29/20)

As part of its move into the digital realm, Remote Energy has forged new connections for growing its outreach. This fall, the nonprofit launched a partnership with an instructor at Lake Washington Institute of Technology and the Northwest Indian College to pilot a virtual solar photovoltaic training program.

The lessons include take-home kits so the students still have the opportunity to work with their hands. The kits includes solar panels, an electrical meter and a small water pump.

The students “are really really loving it,” said instructor Stephanie Bostwick.

“It’s been a really great activity for students to have because they are missing that [in-person] interaction,” she said. “To take something home and play around with it, it’s been really great for people.”

Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund selects 12 tribes for renewable energy, workforce development projects (10/12/20)

Now in its third year, TSAF has selected its grantees for the 2020-2021 grant cycle, expanding its project map to Alaska, with two Alaska Native grantees included in the grant cycle.

“The ability to develop and regulate renewable energy is an expression of sovereignty and self-determination,” said Tanksi Clairmont (Lakota), Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund Director. “Our vision for Indian Country is a transition to energy sovereignty that is educational, entrepreneurial, and completely renewable.”

TSAF Response to COVID-19

Support from our community is essential to allow GRID and the TSAF to sustain our staff and maintain our financial position despite operational disruptions due to COVID-19 and ensure that tribal communities will benefit from the renewable energy and workforce development programs and opportunities that we have spent years developing. Without this funding, we may be forced to make staffing cuts that will harm our ability to execute our current project pipeline and set us back in terms of the capacity we have built to dramatically grow our work in the years ahead.

Yurok Tribe Installs Grant Funded Solar Panel (December 19, 2019)

Today the Yurok Tribe held a celebration commemorating the installation of a 28 kW photovoltaic system (solar panel system) on Tribe’s Transportation Building through a Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund Grant funded by GRID Alternatives and Wells Fargo

What is Holding Back Renewable Energy Development in Indian Country? (Dec. 11, 2019)

Renewable energy and microgrid development provide a number of potential benefits to tribes beyond energy provision, including economic development, energy cost savings and stabilization, environmental protection, climate change mitigation and increased climate resilience. The ability to develop and regulate renewable energy is also an expression of sovereignty and self-determination, Tanksi Clairmont, Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund director at Grid Alternatives, told CEFF.

Indigenous Peoples and Clean Energy – CleanTechnica Interview (Nov. 2, 2019)

We reached out to GRID Alternatives and to our friend Tanksi Clairmont to discuss the intersections of clean energy, indigenous peoples, and human rights. GRID Alternatives uses a people-first model to make clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities and communities of color.

Pinoleville Pomo Nation selected for funding from Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund for new clean energy project
Pinoleville Pomo Nation plans to install 15 KW solar system on the roof top of the Tribal Youth Education Facility to provide 10-18 percent of the total electric usage of all the tribal governmental buildings.

Press Release – Over a dozen tribes selected for funding from Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund for new clean energy projects, Jul 9 2019
TSAF received more than 40 applications totaling over $7 million in requests for tribal solar projects from dozens of applicants.

CleanTechnica – Children Of The Sun Solar Initiative Rises Out Of Devastating Fire, May 18 2019
After devastation caused by the 2016 Cayuse Mountain Fire, the Spokane Tribe of Indians are returning to normal life with a solar initiative that is designed to foster resilience, autonomy, and sustainability.

Solar Power World – Spokane Tribe celebrates Children of the Sun Solar Initiative with GRID Alternatives, May 17 2019
Installation of 650 kW of solar is underway for 23 homes and nine Tribal community buildings.

Press Release – Tribal Leaders Gather to Celebrate Children of the Sun Solar Initiative, May 16 2019
The Spokane Tribe of Indians is bringing together tribal leaders and project partners to celebrate the Children of the Sun Solar Initiative (COSSI), the first project selected for funding from the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund.

Press Release – Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund Accepting Grant Applications for 2019-2020 Projects, Mar 4 2019
The fund awards grants for projects that focus on building renewable energy infrastructure, particularly new solar energy projects in tribal communities.

CleanTechnica – Spokane Tribe Goes Solar With Private, Fed Funding, Feb 18 2019
The Children of the Sun, as the Spokane Tribe refer to themselves, are going solar this year with installations in 28 locations, thanks in part to support from the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund.

CleanTechnica – Tribal Solar Development Intensifies With Appointment Of New Director, Feb 8 2019
CleanTechnica interviewed Tanksi Clairmont, an enrolled tribal member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (Dakota) and new director for the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund.

Press Release – Tanksi Clairmont to direct new Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund, Jan 31 2019
Tanksi has worked extensively across Indian Country, bringing her expertise in grant administration to the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund.

The Spokesman-Review – Spokane Tribe launches ‘Children of the Sun’ solar initiative, with long-range plans for energy independence, Aug 28 2018
The Children of the Sun Solar Initiative, part of a multiyear effort to expand solar energy access on the 159,000-acre Spokane reservation, will generate 637 kilowatts of solar energy for 14 tribal buildings.

Press Release – Wells Fargo Commits $5 Million to Establish GRID Alternatives’ Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund, Aug 28 2018
The new Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund is an extension of GRID’s National Tribal Program and aims to catalyze the growth of solar energy and expand solar job opportunities on tribal lands.