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Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Selected by US Department of Energy to Receive $5M in Grant Funding to Deploy Clean Energy in Rural and Remote America

By District Energy posted 05-08-2024 08:45




The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations to begin award negotiations for up to $5 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding as part of the Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) program.

Greencare: Empowering Resilience in Poteau was selected as one of 19 community-led clean energy projects across 12 states and 13 tribal nations and communities to receive more than $78 million to develop and deploy sustainable clean energy solutions and expand access to reliable and affordable energy in rural and remote communities across the country.

The Greencare: Empowering Resilience in Poteau project, will install approximately 2.1 MWh of battery energy storage systems — creating a microgrid. The CNO’s Poteau campus has had an average of three power outages a year since 2018. The microgrid will provide backup power during outages for a health clinic, child development center, and food distribution center on the Poteau campus, allowing tribal members to receive these vital services despite any severe weather. The project also includes energy-efficient upgrades in seven buildings on the CNO Poteau campus.

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