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START Program

The Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program is part of the DOE Office of Indian Energy effort to assist in the development of tribal renewable energy projects. Through START, Tribes in the 48 contiguous states and Alaska can apply for and are selected to receive technical assistance from DOE and National Laboratory experts to move projects closer to implementation.

Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance

The START Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Program assists Tribes in the 48 contiguous states, as well as an Alaska Native Regional Corporations, with moving community- and commercial-scale projects closer to implementation. Learn more.

Alaska START

Through Alaska START, DOE and the Denali Commission assist rural Alaska Native communities in developing strategic energy plans to help mitigate climate change, conducting energy awareness and training programs, and pursuing new renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities. Learn more.

START Resources


The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides technical support to the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.