Henry Red Cloud from the Pine Ridge Reservation and Solar Energy International (SEI) have worked together and partnered on renewable energy training and projects for almost 20 years. Now Henry’s non-profit organization, Red Cloud Renewable (RCR) and Solar Energy International (SEI) are taking their partnership to a whole new level that will provide a greatly expanded Native American solar workforce, while providing the solar trainers that will spread this technology all across Indian Country!
Solar Energy International has been the premiere solar training organization since 1991 with more than 70,000 students taking their courses. More than 25% of all North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) have received their training through SEI.
Henry Red Cloud, through Lakota Solar Enterprises and now Red Cloud Renewable has been providing renewable energy and sustainable building training and projects for tribal members and communities since 2003. Two recent solar installs include the 20 kW solar array for Kili Radio and the 2019 22.5 kW install for the Pine Ridge Girl’s School.
Starting in the spring of 2019, they will provide a national certification level solar training program for tribal members that will lead to their NABCEP certification testing on October 18th, 2019. Five trainees will be selected from all applicants to receive this professional level solar training. All training expenses (including food and lodging) will be covered except for travel costs, which the trainee’s tribe or other sponsor must cover.
To qualify for a position, a candidate must have some solar and/or other renewable energy experience. They must commit to attending four week long courses – two at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center RCREC) on the Pine Ridge Reservation and two at SEI Headquarters in Paonia, Colorado. They must also agree to teach a one week course….at RCREC at the end of October (with SEI trainer assistance). See specific dates below.
Upon completion of the training, the participants will be granted full access to the SEI Job Board and Mentor Network, which will connect them with many solar professionals and companies all across the United States.