BISMARCK, N.D. – March 17, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is 1 of 11 tribal communities receiving a grant to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands. The grant will assist the Tribe to install 636 kilowatts of solar PV at five Sitting Bull College Buildings in Fort Yates, ND.
“This funding helps the Standing Rock Tribe to utilize alternative energy technologies to power institutions of higher education and provide energy training opportunities on the reservation. I am pleased the DOE chose to award the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe with this grant,” said Cramer.
The project is expected to decrease short-term energy costs by 20 percent, saving $74,000 annually and providing tribal job and training opportunities at the college. The $2,039,863 project cost is expected to be shared 50/50 with the tribe.