PRAIRIE ISLAND, MN, Oct. 1, 2021 – The Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to design, construct, and implement a net-zero carbon emissions footprint for the Tribe through a combination of advanced energy measures. Project details and the RFP can be found on the Prairie Island Net Zero Project web page.


“The net zero project is a transformational opportunity for our Tribe; we are excited to be advancing the project to its next stage, by selecting construction partners who will help reshape our energy future,” said Tribal Council President Shelley Buck. “The opportunity to determine our own energy future through innovative planning and strategies aligns with our cultural values and our long-term vision. We look forward to positively impacting our membership, our visitors, and our future generations.”


The Minnesota Legislature approved a $46.2 million appropriation for the Prairie Island Net Zero Project during the 2020 Legislative Session. The money comes from the State’s renewable development account, which was established in 1999 as a condition of allowing Xcel Energy to temporarily store nuclear waste outside its nuclear power plant on Prairie Island, adjacent to the Prairie Island Indian Community. Toxic nuclear waste is still stored on Prairie Island with no movement toward developing a national nuclear waste repository.


Prairie Island Indian Community seeks one or more contractors to implement a combination of solar, ground source heat pumps, energy efficiency, electrification, and resource conservation projects. These projects advance the primary intent of the legislation to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in alignment with the enacting legislation and the vision, values, and priorities identified in the PIIC’s July 1, 2021 report issued to the Minnesota Legislature. The successful contractor will propose a comprehensive, industry-leading approach with proven technology that meets or exceeds key performance metrics and project goals. This transformational project will result in Prairie Island Indian Community becoming a leader in Indian Country in net zero emissions, energy sovereignty, and energy resiliency. The Prairie Island Indian Community highly values participation from industry experts, including PIIC-Tribal member, Native American-owned, veteran, women, and minority-owned businesses and companies and organizations that, with their projects, can actively improve the lives of its membership.


The RFP will proceed according to the following schedule:


RFP Issue Date October 1, 2021
Deadline to Register for Bidders Conference – Pre-register here October 5, 2021 at 5pm CDT
Mandatory Virtual Bidders Conference October 7, 2021 at 2pm CDT
Mandatory Site Walk October 8, 2021 at 10am CST
Deadline for Bidder Questions October 13, 2021 at 2pm CST
Intent to Bid Form October 19, 2021 at 5pm CST
Proposals Due October 29, 2021 at 2pm CST
Potential Interviews November 2021
Contracts Finalized December 31, 2021


Interested parties are encouraged to visit the Prairie Island Net Zero Project web page for more information, including how to access the full RFP. All communication will be conducted via email at Bidders are strictly prohibited from directly contacting Prairie Island Indian Community representatives or consultants regarding this project.



About Prairie Island Indian Community
The Prairie Island Indian Community, a federally recognized Tribal Nation, is located in southeastern Minnesota along the banks of the Mississippi River, approximately 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. On the web: