Photo of the Week: A New Class of Solar Warriors

Native American green job trainees
Photo Credit: Mark Boyer 2013

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Renewable energy is an appropriate technology that compliments Native American culture and their deep connection to Mother Earth. For Native communities in the American west, abundant sunlight and wind resources offer huge potential for clean energy. In the Great Plains alone, an estimated wind resource of over 500 billion kilowatt hours a year could be harvested—about 14% of the United States’ total electricity production.

As part of the Tribal Renewable Energy Program’s green job training series, nine Solar Warriors were recently trained at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center. Our trainees traveled from the Rosebud, Pine Ridge, Crow Creek, and Northern Cheyenne Reservations to attend the multi-day battery-tied PV workshop. Congrats to the new graduates!