Bezos Earth Fund contributes $12 million to GRID’s Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund

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GRID Alternatives received a multi-year grant of $12 million from the Bezos Earth Fund to determine the scope and scale of the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund. The Fund is a tribal-led program that works with tribal communities in the United States to develop their renewable energy capacity and expand solar jobs. GRID Alternatives has partnered with tribes since 2010 and partners with local leadership to address the unique needs of each tribal community and increase energy resilience and sovereignty. Launched in 2020, the Bezos Earth Fund is a $10 billion commitment to fund scientists, activists, NGOs and private sector entities taking critical action to combat the climate crisis, conserve and protect the natural world and promote climate justice. to support.

The Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (TSAF) works with tribes to contribute technical, financial and cultural resources to support their projects and address their unique challenges and opportunities. With the support of the Earth Fund, TSAF will have the essential resources to scale its impact, reach more tribal communities, educate more individuals, cultivate local tribal leadership and build capacity for a long-term transition to a sustainable energy future . In addition, TSAF will expand its scope by exploring new technologies such as clean mobility and battery storage to increase climate resilience and energy independence, and encourage national dialogue among tribal communities on renewable energy, enabling tribes to learn from each other. The TSAF is addressing the challenges posed by climate change and realizing the opportunities renewable energy innovations bring to tribal communities across the country.

“There is a long history of extracting energy in indigenous communities and the TSAF was established to support tribes in developing and owning renewable energy infrastructure (solar, battery storage, microgrid, clean mobility) that will lead to their respective energy resilience and energy sovereignty goals,” said Tanksi Clairmont (Sicangu Lakota/Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), director of the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund.

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