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Renewable Energy Technologies Overview

Below are general resources for Tribes on renewable energy technologies.

Developing Clean Energy Projects on Tribal Lands: Data and Resources for Tribes
Provides a summary of updated estimates of renewable energy potential on Indian lands, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy tools and resources, and helpful infromation about project development. Source: DOE Office of Indian Energy.

Geospatial Analysis of Renewable Energy Technical Potential on Tribal Lands
In-depth report on analysis completed by the DOE Office of Indian Energy and by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which used geospatial methodology to update and substantiate the estimated renewable energy technical potential on tribal lands.This technical report uses an established geospatial methodology to estimate the technical potential for renewable energy on tribal lands for the purpose of allowing Tribes to prioritize the development of renewable energy resources either for community scale on-tribal land use or for revenue generating electricity sales. Source: DOE Office of Indian Energy and NREL.

Large-Scale Renewable Energy Guide: Developing Renewable Energy Projects Larger than 10 MWs at Federal Factilities
This guide provides best practices and other helpful guidance for federal agencies developing large-scale renewable energy projects. It offers a comprehensive framework including active project management strategies, common terms, and principles that reduce project uncertainties and promote partnerships between the federal government, private developers, and financiers. Source: DOE.

Renewable Energy 101 Videos
This website provides a series of videos teaching the basics about renewable energy technologies. Produced by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, these short videos offer a behind-the-scenes look at how technologies such as geothermal, wind, and solar photovoltaics work. Source: DOE 

Renewable Energy on Tribal Lands
Overview of wind, solar, biomass, hydroelectric, and geothermal power technologies and project implementation issues, including infrastructure concerns. Also discusses potential project business structures and financing methods. Source: Global Energy Network Institute.

Renewable Energy Technology Basics
This website provides basic information on these renewable energy technologies: solar, wind, biomass, hydrogen, geothermal, ocean, and hydropower. Source: NREL.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Transparent Cost Database
Public database featuring cost and performance estimates for electric generation, advanced vehicle, and renewable fuel technologies. Makes it much easier to view the range of estimates for what energy technologies, such as a utility-scale wind farm, rooftop solar installation, biofuel production plant, or an electric vehicle, might cost today or in the future. Source: DOE.

State and Local Energy Data Tool
Provides state and local decision makers easy access to a wealth of energy data specific to their location. The resources and data provided can be used to support strategic energy planning processes and deployment of clean energy projects. Source: DOE.