Military Base Off-Taker Opportunities for Tribal Renewable Energy Projects

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This white paper surveys DOD installations that could have an increased potential interest in the purchase of energy from renewable energy projects on tribal lands. Identification of likely purchasers of renewable energy is a first step in the energy project development process, and this paper aims to identify likely electricity customers that tribal commercial-scale projects could serve. Thiswhite paper builds on a geospatial analysis completed in November 2012 identifying 53 reservations within 10 miles of military bases (DOE 2012). This analysis builds on those findings by further refining the list of potential opportunity sites to 15 reservations (Table ES-1), based on five additional factors: 1) The potential renewable resources required to meet the installation energy loads; 2)Proximity to transmission lines; 3) Military installation energy demand; 4) State electricity prices; 5) Local policy and regulatory environment.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages19
StatePublished - 2013

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-57501

Other Report Number

  • DOE/IE-0018


  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • DOE
  • DOE-IE
  • military bases
  • military installations
  • military renewable energy
  • Office of Indian Energy
  • project development
  • renewable energy technology potential
  • resources
  • tribal electrical transmission
  • tribal lands
  • tribes


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