ANTHC receives Department of Energy funding for projects in Alakanuk, Kotlik and NoorvikApril 1, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced funding for 24 American Indian and Alaska Native communities to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects. ANTHC is among the awardees for energy projects in Alakanuk, Kotlik and Noorvik.
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages with clean energy solutions that will save communities money and reduce carbon pollution. DOE’s funding is expected to be leveraged by nearly $16 million in cost sharing under the selected tribal energy projects, meaning the projects represent a potential total investment value exceeding $25 million.
ANTHC will work with the Village of Alakanuk, Native Village of Kotlik and the Noorvik Native Community to implement energy efficiency retrofits in the community water treatment plants, reducing the combined operating costs for all three communities by $201,771 annually.
“The Energy Department is committed to maximizing the development and deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives,” said Christopher Deschene, Director of DOE’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. “By providing Tribal communities and Alaska Native villages with knowledge, skills and resources, we hope to help Tribal communities harness their local indigenous renewable energy resources, reduce their energy costs, create jobs and help implement successful strategic energy solutions.”