On Tuesday, December 10
, thousands of people will come together again to raise millions
of dollars for nonprofits like Trees, Water & People (TWP)!Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day
asks donors to give to their favorite Colorado charity through the website ColoradoGives.org
, an online giving resource featuring every nonprofit participating in Colorado Gives Day.
Can you help us reach our goal of $30,000 in 24 hours?!
When you make a donation to TWP on December 10, 2013:
- 100% of your donation will go to Trees, Water & People (no credit card fees!)
- The value of your donation will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund
- TWP will be eligible for $32,000 in prizes for Larimer County nonprofits!
To schedule your donation for December 10, please visit our profile on the Colorado Gives website and click on the “donate now” button. Check the first box to have your donation scheduled for 12/10/2013. It’s that easy!
January 26-February 1, 2014
(Register by January 17)
Solar hot water systems use the sun’s energy to provide hot water for the household taps or for household heating. During this course, students will learn about solar hot water systems in general and gain hands-on experience installing solar hot water panels for an in-floor (radiant) heating system.
Where: Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, Pine Ridge, SD
Who: Students from tribes throughout the country will join Lakota Solar Enterprises and Trees, Water & People for this hands-on training.
You must complete a Registration and Payment Form to be considered for this training.
When: January 26-February 1, 2014
Registration and Payment Form due January 17, 2014
For more information, and to download a Payment and Registration Form, visit www.solarwarriors.org or call Lacey Gaechter at 970-484-3678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting women and girls can be twice as impactful this giving season! Tomorrow, December 3rd, is #GivingTuesday. Join the global movement to giveback! You can double your impact to our project on Catapult.org thanks to a matching contribution from Johnson & Johnson #CareGrows.
Every donation made to our Solar Heaters for Native American Mothers project will be doubled! Our life-changing solar air heaters greatly reduce monthly utility bills and generate heat straight from the sun, helping to keep families warm during the cold winter months. What better way to give back this giving season then with the gift of heat?
What is a Solar Heater?
Trees, Water & People’s supplemental solar air heating units are an inexpensive, simple to use, and environmentally sound way to bring comfort to reservation families suffering in the winter cold. The units are built on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation by Native-owned and operated Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), providing a source of employment, economic activity, and pride.
The heaters themselves are technologically straightforward. The main component of each unit is a 4×8 foot solar collector panel. The panel contains baffles to direct air flow and is backed by a specialized, heat-absorbing metal film. The baffles and absorber plate are covered by a sheet of special solar glass and surrounded by a metal frame. This solar panel is mounted and installed next to the south side of the house, where it absorbs heat from the sun. The system is connected to the house by two air ducts: supply and return. Whenever the air inside the collector panel is warmer than the temperature set on the heating system’s thermostat, a blower inside the system turns on and warm air is pushed into the house.
Learn more about solar heaters at our website!
We are so thankful to each and every friend and supporter who makes our work possible! We wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.
by Lacey Gaechter, National Director
Using the knowledge and experience gained from their classes at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, three of our Native American trainees are currently employed by Bella Energy to install a 1 megawatt photovoltaic “Solar Garden” in the city of Lafayette, Colorado.
Recently, I went down to support our friends at Bella, see the job site for the first time, and touch base with our students, Landon, Kale, and Jeff. Well, the job site was impressive. A 1 megawatt solar array is huge! The project is called the Lafayette Solar Garden. Funded by Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards Community Program, owned by the City of Lafayette, and available for use by residents and business in the town (“subscribers”), this is a tremendous community resource.
, an exceptional Colorado solar company (whose CEO, Jim Welch, helped found TWP’s Tribal Renewable Energy Program
in 2002) is charged with the installation of the million watts of the Lafayette Solar Garden and subcontracted Lakota Solar Enterprises
to help. So it came to be that Kale Means, Landon Means, and Jeff King were given this ideal opportunity to put their green jobs skills to use.
The City of Lafayette and local businesses will utilize the majority of the electricity generated by this solar garden resulting in annual cost savings and the offset of 1,034 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of planting 27,883 trees and placing 213 zero-emission passenger vehicles on the road.
All from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana, Jeff, Landon, and Kale have been chomping at the bit to start this gig and were excited to experience a new place – living in Erie, CO for the duration of the job. For my part, I was excited to see them after their fourth day on the job and see how things were going.
When I arrived, the guys were nowhere to be found. Jeff text me that they had to go to get haircuts. It was great to see the Bella folks and hear good things about the Lakota Solar Enterprises crew, but what the heck? I drove an hour to attend the dedication ceremony, and all Jeff, Kale, and Landon had to do was not leave. I called Jeff after the festivities were finished to find out what was so important about a haircut. Well, it turns out that it was Kale’s birthday and he wanted a haircut for his own celebration. Happy birthday Kale!
It’s so great to see our friends thriving in this new environment and on the job. Thanks to Bella and the City of Lafayette for this opportunity, and thanks to Landon, Kale, and Jeff for being such hard working, talented, and now well-manicured guys.
(Photos courtesy of Jon Becker, TWP Board President)