Help us train the next generation of Native American renewable energy leaders! We are currently raising money to provide a $1,000 Solar Women Warriors Scholarship to a Native American woman interested in becoming a renewable energy leader in her community.
This is a time of great change and opportunity; Native Americans throughout the country are transforming their tribal energy approach. Henry Red Cloud, owner and operator of Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is one of these Native American leaders within the renewable energy sector. Working in partnership with the Colorado non-profit organization Trees, Water & People (TWP), LSE has installed more than 250 solar heating systems, as well as solar electric systems and wind turbines, on ten western reservations. In 2009, LSE sold another 250 ready-to-install solar heating systems to Great Plains tribes. In addition, LSE and TWP have conducted more than 30 workshops for tribal governments and organizations focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Most recently, LSE has established the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), a one-of-a-kind residential training facility where tribes from around the nation can learn about beneficial renewable energy applications from fellow Native Americans.
LSE offers an intensive 10-day training session at RCREC for tribal members to earn their Solar Technician I Certification. These training sessions teach the step-by-step process of assembling solar air heating systems and offer hands-on practice installing the systems on tribal family homes. When trainees return to their reservation, they are equipped with the expertise to begin assembling and installing solar heating systems within their own communities.
Please help us cultivate the next generation of Native American leaders and donate today!
The Solar Women Warriors Scholarship pays for a 10-day training session, which includes:
- Lodging at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center dormitory
- Hands-on training from Henry Red Cloud and other LSE staff
- Installation training on tribal family homes
- Solar Heating Technician I Certification