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Community & Facility Scale Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop

August 26, 2014 1:00PM CDT to August 28, 2014 9:00PM CDT

Mystic Lake Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372

The DOE Office of Indian Energy and the Tribal Energy Program, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, are hosting an interactive workshop that will walk participants through the process for and potential pitfalls of developing community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands.

Community-scale projects provide energy for one or many buildings, with a primary purpose of providing self-sufficiency by offsetting energy costs to the community. The goal of a community-scale project is to reduce the flow of money off the reservation or out of tribal hands. An example would be a hospital or a village that is powered or heated by renewable energy. The workshop will also cover facility-scale projects, which offset a facility’s energy use, such as providing hot water for a recreation center or solar electricity for a school.

Who Should Attend
The workshop is specifically designed for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to embark on the path of developing renewable energy projects.

What You Will Learn
Attendees will learn how renewable energy project development can advance tribal clean energy goals and hear from other Tribes about their experiences. Using course materials and tribal case studies, technical experts will go over the five steps necessary to develop and finance community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands, including how to:

•    Assess project potential
•    Determine technology options
•    Refine the project
•    Implement financing and construction
•    Plan for project operation and maintenance.

In preparation for the workshop, we ask that attendees review the "Foundational Topics" course material on the National Training & Education Resource website.

For more information, view the draft agenda.

There is no cost to attend this workshop, but advance registration is required. Online registration is now closed; however, those wishing to attend may still register by emailing

Participants are responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. A block of rooms are available at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel at a discounted rate of $99 per night through August 4. After this date, we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. To make reservations, call 952-445-9000 or 800-813-7349 and ask for the “NREL Tribal Energy Program Workshop,” or visit the hotel website and enter "1408NREL" in the Group Code field.