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Below are 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, 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, 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 National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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: U.S. Department of Energy.

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: U.S. Department of Energy.


The Law of Algae: A Guide to Algae Biofuels Business and Legal Issues
Includes insights and lessons learned on financing an algae biofuels project; technology issues; water, light, and land; design, engineering, and construction; commercial contracts; renewable fuel standard; and resolving disputes: preplanning. Source: Stoel Rives LLP.

The Law of Biofuels: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues
Provides insights into the legal issues faced by developers and investors in the biofuels industry,  including financing; the renewable fuel standard; siting and permitting; design, engineering, and construction; commercial contracts; tax issues; and more. Source: Stoel Rives LLP.

The Law of Biomass: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues
Contains information on electricity generated from biomass sources, including determining project viability, financing, siting and permitting, tax issues, power purchase agreements, regulatory and transmission-related issues, and more. Source: Stoel Rives LLP.


An Introduction to Geothermal Permitting
This guide tracks the geothermal permitting process through multiple levels, addressing such issues as the importance of where the geothermal resource is located, how the federal government defines geothermal, the kinds of permits needed, how states define geothermal, and which state agencies issue geothermal permits in each state. Source: Liz Battocletti, Bob Lawrence & Associates, Inc.

Energy 101: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Video about how geothermal heat pumps heat and cool buildings by concentrating the naturally existing heat contained within the earth. Source: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Financing Geothermal Power Projects
This National Renewable Energy Laboratory website provides information for geothermal power project developers and investors interested in financing utility-scale geothermal power projects. It features information on policies and regulations, financing options, and planning and timing considerations.

Geothermal Money Book
Explains the specific criteria potential financing sources use to evaluate a proposal for debt financing; describes the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) programs to promote lending to small businesses; lists specific small-business friendly lenders for small geothermal businesses, including those which participate in SBA programs; and identifies federal and state incentives that are relevant to direct use and small-scale power generation geothermal projects. Source: Liz Battocletti, Bob Lawrence & Associates, Inc.

Geothermal Small Business Workbook
Provides background, market, and regulatory data for direct use and small-scale (< 1 megawatt) power generation geothermal projects; sources of useful information including owners of existing geothermal businesses, trade associations, and other organizations; steps to writing a business plan; step-by-step process needed to structure a business and financing plan for a small geothermal project; and information on how to develop a financing plan. Source: Liz Battocletti, Bob Lawrence & Associates, Inc. 

Guidebook to Geothermal Power Finance
Provides an overview of the strategies used to raise capital for geothermal power projects that use conventional, proven technologies, are located in the United States, and produce utility power (roughly 10 megawatts or more). Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Lava Law: Legal Issues in Geothermal Energy Development
Contains insights into the legal issues faced by developers and investors in the U.S. geothermal industry, including leasing, siting, and permitting geothermal energy projects; state regulation; power purchase agreements; design, engineering, and construction; finance; tax issues; and regulatory and transmission-related issues. Source: Stoel Rives LLP.


A Guide to Community Solar: Utility, Private, and Non-Profit Project Development
A resource for community solar project development aimed at community organizers, solar advocates, government officials, and utility managers. Provides information on various community solar project models (utility-sponsored, special purpose entities, non-profits), state policies that support community solar projects (group billing, virtual net metering, joint ownership), and tax policies and incentives. Source: U.S. Department of Energy.

Concentrating Solar Power: Power Towers
Overview video on the principles, applications, and benefits of generating electricity using power towers, a concentrating solar power technology. A brief animation explains how the energy from sunlight is converted to clean electricity via either a direct-steam system or molten-salt system. Source: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Energy 101: Concentrating Solar Power
Video explaining what Concentrating Solar Power is, how it works, and how systems like parabolic troughs produce renewable power. Source: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Financing Non-Residential Photovoltaic Projects: Options and Implications
Photovoltaic (PV) project finance options for both taxable and tax-exempt non-residential system hosts. Also addresses the impact of financing structures on the cost of solar energy. Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The Impact of Financial Structure on the Cost of Solar Energy
Describes four of the most prevalent financial structures used by the renewable sector and evaluates the impact of financial structure on energy costs for utility-scale solar projects that use photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies. Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Lex Helius: The Law of Solar Energy: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues
A guide to the legal and financial issues surrounding solar energy project deployment including: property rights; power purchase agreements for both distributed generation projects and utility-scale projects; solar energy system design, engineering, construction, and installation agreements; regulatory and transmission-related issues; permitting; tax issues; and tribal legal and land issues. Source: Stoel Rives LLP.

Photovoltaics: A Diverse Technology
Video illustrating the diversity of photovoltaic technology, including how PV cells work, as well as an overview of the different semiconductor materials used for silicon and thin-film cells. Source: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Solar Photovoltaic Financing: Deployment on Public Property by State and Local Government
Describes financing options for state and local governments, including several federal incentives and third-party financing models. Also addresses project insurance options. Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Solar Power Basics
Video summarizing the process of generating solar electricity from photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies. Research, manufacturing, and usage across the United States are also discussed. Source: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide For Local Governments
Comprehensive resource to assist local governments and stakeholders in building sustainable local solar markets. Includes new market developments and innovations that have emerged since 2009. Source: U.S. Department of Energy.

The Solar Way: Photovoltaics on Indian Lands
Examples of PV installations on Indian lands throughout the United States. Includes guidance on preserving cultural values during energy project development. Source: Sandia National Laboratories.

The Solarize Guidebook: A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Residential PV Systems
Offers a roadmap for project planners and solar advocates who want to create their own successful “Solarize” campaign, which is based on a grassroots effort that started in Portland, Oregon, to help residents overcome the financial and logistical barriers to installing solar power. This guide describes the key elements of the Solarize Portland campaigns and variations from projects across the country, along with lessons learned and planning templates.

Third-Party Financing and Power Purchase Agreements for Public Sector PV Projects
Presentation on third-party financing and power purchase agreements (PPA) for public sector photovoltaic projects that includes information on third-party PPA structure, benefits, key elements, economics, and legal issues.


Guide on How to Develop a Small Hydropower Plant
This guide aims to give potential developers of small hydropower plants comprehensive information and advice on all necessary procedures for developing a site and includes the key steps to be followed to run a plant. Source: The European Small Hydropower Association.

The Law of Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues
Contains insights into the legal issues faced by developers and investors in the U.S. ocean and tidal energy industry, including choice of corporate structure and entity; intellectual property; siting and permitting; lease agreements; land title matters; regulatory and transmission-related issues; design, engineering, and construction; power purchase agreements; tax issues; and finance. Source: Stoel Rives LLP.


2012 Market Report on Wind Technologies in Distributed Applications
Includes a breakdown of statistics such as distributed wind capacity by turbine type, wind turbine sales, types of turbines and towers used in distributed wind applications, and more. Source: DOE

2012 Wind Technologies Market Report
One of the most comprehensive analyses of the U.S. distributed wind energy market ever published, this report provides a detailed overview of developments and trends in the U.S. wind power market, with a particular focus on 2012. Source: DOE

Community Wind Financing Handbook
Provides information on financing community wind projects, including ownership structures, roles of financial intermediaries, and sources of federal and state financial support. Source: Environmental Law & Policy Center.

Community Wind: Once Again Pushing the Envelope of Project Finance
Covers how community wind projects have traditionally been financed, policies that have facilitated financial innovation, case studies on five projects, and lessons learned. Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Community Wind Toolkit: A Guide to Developing Wind Energy Projects in Alaska
Provides the basic background information needed to develop a wind project in Alaska including guidance on the project planning phases and what to expect, and a list of resources for additional information. Source: Renewable Energy Alaska Project

Energy 101: Wind Turbines
Video explaining the basics of how wind turbines generate clean electricity from the power of the wind. Highlighted are the various parts and mechanisms of a modern wind turbine. Source: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Guide to Implementing Community Scale Wind Projects on Native American Reservations
Provides general information for Tribes on the various procedures in a wind project when working with a wind development company. Outlines chronological steps to guide a Tribe through the necessary stages of implementing a community-scale wind project and includes information on issues concerning community scale wind projects on tribal lands and resources for more information. Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The Law of Wind
This guide contains insights into the legal issues faced by developers and investors in the U.S. wind power industry, including information specifically for Tribes such as federal land issues with siting and permitting and tribal laws and land issues. Source: Stoel Rives LLP.

Key Aspects in Developing a Wind Power Project
Provides a brief overview of the different steps involved with developing a wind power project, including site analysis, permitting, electricity, technologies, financial aspects, and installation. Source: Vestas.

Native American Wind Resource Atlas 2010
Wind resource potential, transmission access, and renewable portfolio standard information for 29 Tribes that are seeking wind development investors. Source: Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

Permitting of Wind Energy Facilities: A Handbook
Overview of the wind permitting process and tips on how to ensure permits are issued. Provides detailed guidance on specific permitting considerations such as: land use, noise, birds, and other biological resources; visual impact; soil erosion and water quality; public health and safety; cultural and paleontological resources; solid and hazardous wastes; air quality, and climate. Source: National Wind Coordinating Committee.

Wind Energy Guide for County Commissioners
Comprehensive guidebook for wind project implementation aimed at a local audience, specifically county commissioners. Discusses the project development process, permitting, zoning, environmental benefits, and economics. Source: U.S. Department of Energy.

Wind Project Development Process
Illustration of the steps involved with developing a wind project. Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Wind Project Financing Structures: A Review and Comparative Analysis
Describes the principal financing structures for utility-scale wind projects (excluding utility-owned projects): balance-sheet finance, all-equity partnership "flip" structures, and leveraged structures. Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.