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Klamath Tribes receive two energy development grants

Posted by Renee Magyar on October 23, 2015

Bureau of Indian Affairs granted funding for biomass and solar project studies

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Congratulations to our friends and longtime partners at the Klamath Tribes. The Tribes were recently awarded two grants totaling over $230,000 from the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs Energy and Mineral Development Program.

The grants will fund feasibility studies for biomass and solar development projects, which would poise the Tribes for the creation and use of renewable energy, as well as the creation of upwards of 35 living-wage jobs. 

The biomass grant funds an inventory and market assessment for the development of tribal timber and a woody biomass facility on the site of the defunct Giiwas Mill that the Tribes have owned since 2008.

The solar grant funds an inventory of available land and pre-development studies for two large solar installations that would provide power for tribal homes and administration buildings. 

Sustainable Northwest is honored to have played a critical role in writing the applications for both grants, and we are very pleased with the awards. 

Read more about the grants at the Herald and News and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (9/9/15: Assistant Secretary Washburn Announces Grant Awards for Funding of Low-Cost Clean Power Projects in Indian Country).