Five Alaska (pictured) Native communities in the US are now eligible for up to $250,00 (£160,649) worth of grant to deploy energy efficiency or renewable projects.
The US Department of Energy made the announcement in a bid to help Tribal communities across the country enhance their energy security and build a sustainable energy future as part of the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START).
The programme will provide technical expertise focused on community-based energy planning, awareness and training programmes.
Tracey A. LeBeau, Director of Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy said: “Through the START program, we are helping Native American and Alaska Native communities increase local generation capacity, enhance energy efficiency measures and create job opportunities in the new clean energy economy. The technical assistance awards for clean energy tribal projects announced today will help advance sustainable rural resources while addressing the unique energy challenges facing Alaskan communities.”
The five villages selected are Kongiganak, Koyukuk, Minto, Shishmaref and Yakutat T’lingit Tribe.