I recently coordinated a collaborative effort to build the solar training capacity of the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) on the Lakota Pine Ridge, SD Reservation. As always, it was a pleasure to work with my friend, mentor and Solar Warrior champion Henry Red Cloud.
It was another successful RCREC hands-on workshop with participants from several North American tribes.
This workshop is a part of my continuing work as the Special Solar Projects Coordinator for Fort Collin’s non-profit Trees, Water & People. Trees, Water & People helps facilitate the transition to clean, renewable energy on tribal lands, fostering a new generation of Solar Warriors that are at the forefront of the tribal energy sovereignty movement.
Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation are especially interested in deploying sovereign stand-alone PV systems. In this week-long workshop, TWP delivered practical solar training to build several Mobile Solar Power Stations (MSPS). According to LSE, the Energy Information Administration estimates that 14 percent of households have no access to electricity on Native American Reservations across the U.S. That’s 10 times higher than the national average.