Tribal Leader Forum: Solar Energy Development in the Southwest 

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U.S. Department of Energy Contacts

Office of Indian Energy Policy & Programs

  • Tracey A. LeBeau, Director
  • Pilar Thomas, Deputy Director
  • Albert Brandt Petrasek, Senior Advisor
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NCSL Staff Contacts

DOE Office of Indian Energy logoDecember 19-20, 2011
Palm Springs, CA



The Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs hosted a solar energy forum—the first of a series of planned DOE-IE sponsored strategic energy development and investment forums—which provided an opportunity for Tribal leaders and executives to get real-time, regional market snapshots of solar power purchasing, project finance options and structures, and learn more about emerging issues or trends which are facilitating or obstructing projects from financial closings. The forum focused on commercial and community scale project development and financing and included a facilitated forum that provided tribal leaders the opportunity to discuss their experiences. 

Monday, December 19

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks

  • Chairman Richard Milanovich, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Will Micklin, CEO, Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians (CA), DOE Indian Country Energy & Infrastructure Working Group
  • Todd Hooks, Director, Agua Caliente Economic Development Department

picture of Dan, Pilar, TraceyUpdate on DOE Energy Programs & DOE Office of Indian Energy

DOE Initiatives and Activities; Indian Country Energy & Infrastructure Working Group; Overview of Tribal Leader Forums and Approach to Solar Forum

Solar Power Market Overview

Recent Trends in the Solar Marketplace and Commercial Technology

  • Mona Dajani, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Current Economics of Tribal Solar Power

  • Matt Ferguson, Principal, Reznick Group

Updates on Utility Solar Purchasing & Policies

  • Bobby Hollis, Executive, NV Energy, Renewable Energy
  • Stephen Mellentine, Senior Planning Analyst, Resource Planning and Development, Salt River Project
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  • Cristina Radu, Renewable and Alternative Power, Southern California Edison
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  • Fernando Valero, Energy Contracts Originator, San Diego Gas & Electric
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  • Rahmon O. Momoh, Energy Advisor, California Public Utilities Commission
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Interconnecting Solar Power in the Southwest: An Update on Federal Transmission and Solar Integration

Discussion of Rooftop Solar Programs

Tribe Case Studies: Industry Best Practices of Tribal Solar Energy Partnerships

group of tribal leaders taking part in meetingFort Mojave Solar Project




  • Chairman Timothy Williams, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
  • Perry Fontana, First Solar

Moapa Solar Project

  • Chairman William Anderson, Moapa Band of Paiute Indians (NV) 
  • Tom Tureen, kRoad Power
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Tuesday, December 20

Solar Forum pictureFacilitated Closed Session—Tribal Leaders and Tribal Executives

This session is dedicated to providing an open forum for Tribal leaders and executives to exchange stories and ideas to better promote and facilitate efforts, on all levels, related to solar energy development and investment, including but not limited to: community-scale development, commercial-scale development, joint ventures, tribal ownership, project financing, developer due diligence & inter-tribal collaboration.