Great report from the National Wildlife Federation: “The New Energy Future in Indian Country”

This report highlights many of the great renewable energy opportunities available to tribes around the United States. Thank you to the National Wildlife Federation for producing such a great report!

Lakota Adventure 2011: A Journey to the Home of the Oglala Lakota


Solar air heaters are helping families to reduce their monthly heating bills by 20-30%. Help us bring hope to Native America, and join us on the 2011 Laktoa Adventure!

Join Trees, Water & People on a journey to the home of the Oglala Lakota for the 2011 Lakota Adventure.  From September 11th-17th we will be taking guests to the Pine Ridge Reservation to experience the strength, pride, humor and enduring culture of the Oglala Lakota. Despite hardship, the Lakota have nourished and preserved their spirituality, culture and ties with their land.


Learn about TWP’s Tribal Lands Renewable Energy Program, help build solar air heaters, and plant trees for wind breaks and shade at a local families home.  In addition, we will travel to Wounded Knee and other cultural and historical sites to learn about the Lakota culture, past and present.

For more information and reservations, please contact Lacey Gaechter at 970.484.3678 or today!

Join TWP for the 2011 Lakota Adventure

This September, TWP will take a group to the Pine Ridge Reservation to experience the culture of the Oglala Lakota.  Participants will camp or stay in a dorm at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, visit historical sites, learn about Lakota history and culture from tribal elders, and help plant trees and build solar heating systems for local families.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the strength, pride, humor, and enduring culture of the Oglala Lakota.

For more information or to reserve a space on the September Lakota Adventure, please call Lacey Gaechter at 970-484-3678 or email

Henry Red Cloud Honored by Interstate Renewable Energy Council

Henry Red Cloud installs solar lighting in a tipi on his property at the Pine Ridge Reservation. Photo by Dan Bihn 2010.

Henry Red Cloud, proprietor of Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), will be honored by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) at their annual meeting in Los Angeles on October 11, 2010.  The 2010 IREC Annual Innovations Awards recognizes six different project categories.  Henry won the Clean Energy American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Projects category for his efforts to bring green jobs and solar heating to tribes across the Great Plains with funding from the U.S. Department of Interior.

As the great-great grandson of Chief Red Cloud, Henry is a 21st century Lakota warrior, providing sustainable, economically beneficial, environmentally sound, and culturally appropriate energy solutions to Native Americans living on reservations.  He has spent over a decade experimenting with sustainable energy and housing alternatives, searching for affordable solutions that preserve resources and complement the values and traditions of tribal communities.  In 2006, Henry created Lakota Solar Enterprises, one of the first and only Native-owned and operated renewable energy businesses.  In 2008, he partnered with Colorado-based nonprofit Trees, Water & People (TWP) to establish the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), a one-of-a-kind educational facility where tribal members from around the nation can receive hands-on training from fellow Native American instructors. As Henry says, renewable energy is “a new way to honor the old ways.”

IREC ‘s annual Innovation Awards reflect upon their long-term goals of removing barriers to renewable energy use and giving credit to organizations and individuals, such as Henry Red Cloud, who work to reduce our dependence on short-term energy usage and provide alternative energy resources that factor in our future.  Each project reviewed by the judges has to demonstrate a positive impact that is replicable and innovative.  Award recipients will receive a commemorative plaque recognizing their achievement.  The winning entries will also be posted on the IREC website, featured in a national press release and listed in a brochure to be distributed to all attendees at the annual meeting.

To learn more about Henry Red Cloud and Lakota Solar Enterprises, visit To learn more about the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, visit To learn more about Trees, Water & People, visit

Solar Women Warriors Scholarship Fully-Funded

Kayenne, a participant in the Intro to Small Wind Turbines Workshop, learns how to use remote-reading software at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center. (Photo by Dan Bihn)

Thanks to the generosity of many friends and supporters, we have fully-funded the Solar Women Warriors Scholarship!  With these funds, Trees, Water & People (TWP) will provide a $1,000 scholarship to a Native American woman interested in becoming a renewable energy leader in her community.  The scholarship will pay for a 10-day training session at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  This intensive workshop provides tribal members with Solar Technician I certification, allowing them to return to their reservations equipped with the expertise to begin assembling and installing solar heating systems within their own communities.

Training sessions at RCREC are led by Henry Red Cloud, owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), and his experienced staff.  Henry teaches the step-by-step process of assembling solar air heating systems and offers hands-on practice installing the systems on tribal family homes.  Funds raised will pay for lodging at the RCREC dormitory, food, training, and certification.

Thank you again for your generous donations; together we are working to change the tribal energy approach!

Trees, Water & People and Lakota Solar Enterprises Attending the Greener Homes National Summit

Lakota Solar Enterprises Launches Website

Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), one of the first and only Native-owned and operated renewable energy businesses, is proud to announce the launch of its new website: Now, people anywhere can visit the Pine Ridge business online to purchase efficient solar air heating systems and learn about training opportunities.

Established in 2006 in partnership with Colorado nonprofit Trees, Water & People (TWP), Lakota Solar Enterprises is owned and operated by Henry Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota elder and great-great grandson of Chief Red Cloud. LSE offers home and facility-size renewable energy applications and installation training. To date, Henry and LSE have produced more than 700 innovative solar air heating systems that save tribal families 20-30% on their annual heating bills for over two decades. The efficient systems pay for themselves in just a few years. By harnessing the power of the sun to heat homes, tribes can improve their quality of life while protecting and honoring Mother Earth.

“Renewable energy is a new way to honor the old ways,” say Henry Red Cloud, Proprietor of Lakota Solar Enterprises.

LSE resides at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The unique educational facility offers intensive hands-on renewable energy training workshops from Native American instructors. More than 150 tribal members have received training and over 50 have earned their Solar Technician I or Wind Technician I certification. With their new knowledge and skills, they are ready to enter the growing workforce in renewable energy.

To learn more about Lakota Solar Enterprises, visit their new website at

Small Wind Turbine Workshop at RCREC

Participants in the Introduction to Small Wind Turbine Workshop, held in July 2010, took apart, and then rebuilt, this SkyStream 3.7 state-of-the-art 1.8kW grid-tied turbine located at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center.

Thank you to our friend Dan Bihn for this wonderful video!  Visit Dan’s website for more info on his work.