- July 11, 2019
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Energy poverty on Native American tribal lands has been attracting a growing amount of attention, and efforts to address the issue, in recent years. The Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (TSAF) is a tribal-led initiative with seed funding from Wells Fargo and matching funds from US Dept. of Energy grants that aims to catalyze the growth of solar energy and expand solar job opportunities in tribal communities across the US.
TSAF received more than 40 solar energy project proposals with a total value of more than $7 million from dozens of applicants, indicative the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (TSAF), a tribal-led initiative with seed funding from Wells Fargo that aims to catalyze the growth of solar energy and expand solar job opportunities in tribal communities across the US. The strong interest is indicative of the pent-up demand for local, solar and other clean energy systems and the growing number of developers interested in meeting it.
“The spirit of self-determination, resilience, and environmental and cultural stewardship is inescapable throughout tribal communities,” Adam Bad Wound (Lakota), TSAF founder and GRID Alternatives vice president of philanthropy was quoted as saying. “Our vision for Indian Country is a transition to energy sovereignty that is educational, entrepreneurial, and completely renewable.”
“These projects will help improve quality of life and housing affordability in tribal communities while providing workforce development opportunities for tribe members in the rapidly growing clean-energy sector,” added Wells Fargo Vice President and Clean Technology and Innovation Philanthropy Program Officer Ramsay Huntley. “Wells Fargo is pleased to support the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund – a signature component of our larger effort to address unique economic, social and environmental needs in Indian Country.”