solar energy

Training the Next Generation of Solar Warriors

Students received hands-on training in Solar PV from a variety of renewable energy experts, including Henry Red Cloud, owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises.

Students received hands-on training in Solar PV from a variety of renewable energy experts, including Henry Red Cloud, owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises.

At the end of July, Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE) owner Henry Red Cloud had the honor of teaching a Solar Energy Workshop that brought Native Americans from around the country to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The workshop explored basics of solar energy and culminated in a hands-on installation at the KILI Radio station, Voice of the Lakota Nation, where students expanded an already existing solar PV array.

Trent Williams (left), a member of the Tule River Tribe, gains hands-on experience with installing solar energy with one the pioneers of the field, Johnny Weiss (right).

Trent Williams (left), a member of the Tule River Tribe, gains hands-on experience with installing solar energy with one the pioneers of the field, Johnny Weiss (right).

On the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Lakota, over 40 percent of residents live without access to electricity. On Native American Reservations across the U.S., the Energy Information Administration estimates that 14 percent of households have no access to electricity, 10 times higher than the national average. Many tribes are looking to renewable energy as a way to provide reliable, clean energy to their tribal members.

Jeff Tobe shares his extensive solar energy knowledge with student Hazen Lamere, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Tribe.

Jeff Tobe shares his extensive solar energy knowledge with student Hazen Lamere, a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Tribe.

LSE works with environmental nonprofit Trees, Water & People to help facilitate this transition to clean, renewable energy on tribal lands. By teaching Native Americans about alternative energy, such as solar PV, we are fostering a new generation of Solar Warriors that will be at the forefront of the tribal energy sovereignty movement. Power to the people!

To learn more about our work with Trees, Water & People please visit www.solarwarriors.org.

Bringing the Power of Green to You

"Renewable Energy Warriors" graduate from a Solar PV training hosted at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center. 

"Renewable Energy Warriors" graduate from a Solar PV training hosted at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center. 

Lakota Solar Enterprises and Trees, Water & People offer job skills workshops in renewable energy, sustainable housing, Indigenous agriculture, entrepreneurship, and other topics that use Native approaches to caring for the environment and communities. Through our Energy Independence Initiative, we can work with your Tribe or local agencies to deliver Native-led training in:

  • Solar furnace installation
  • Solar hot water heat systems
  • Solar water pump systems for home and garden
  • Mobile renewable energy power stations (for hunting, pow-wows, ceremonies, camping)
  • Family-scale solar PV systems
  • Other affordable solar solutions for families and facilities

If you would like to learn more please contact Jamie Folsom, Trees, Water & People's National Director, at jamief@treeswaterpeople.org or call (970)484-3678 ext.23. 

Fast Company Names Henry Red Cloud One of 2015's Most Creative People

Henry shows students at a workshop how to install a solar PV system.

Henry shows students at a workshop how to install a solar PV system.

Henry Red Cloud, owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises and a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, has been named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People of 2015 for his work bringing solar energy to tribal lands. 

Henry has helped thousands of Native Americans gain access to cleaner and cheaper sources of renewable energy through his innovative solar heating designs and solar PV. In addition, he has trained hundreds of tribal members in renewable energy and sustainable building, helping to spread clean energy to other reservations around the country.

I share and I talk and listen to the elders of our community or for that matter any elder or older person—non-native, native—and listen to them and get direction, understanding, guidance there.
— Henry Red Cloud

To read the full article from Fast Company click here.