Corporate Partner Spotlight: Advanced Nutrients

Advanced Nutrients supports renewable energy on tribal lands for current and future generations!
Advanced Nutrients supports renewable energy on tribal lands for current and future generations!

Thank you Advanced Nutrients for your continued support of our Tribal Renewable Energy Program!

advanced nutrientsAdvanced Nutrients donates 1% of every dollar they earn from each of their select C.O.R.E. nutrients to our Tribal Program, helping us bring green job training and solar air heaters to Native Americans living in reservation communities.

Advanced Nutrients makes it pretty clear that they intend to do a lot of good in the world!

“Advanced Nutrients is dedicated to putting our community first. We promise to support individuals and organizations that are committed to making a difference — for our community, for society, and for the world at large. Dig deep into these pages. Get involved, get excited!”

We are honored to work with an environmentally conscious company that takes corporate social responsibility to the next level. Thanks again Advanced Nutrients!

Learn more about Advanced Nutrients “Charter of Responsibility and Ethics (C.O.R.E.)” at their website.

TWP National Director Awarded Fellowship

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Lacey Gaechter (center) with trainees at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Congratulations to Lacey Gaechter, TWP’s National Director, for being awarded a fellowship to the Center for Collaborative Conservation at Colorado State University!

Through this fellowship, Lacey is helping create “green” livelihoods on Native American reservations in the United States, where there is often little hope for other employment options, especially those that honor Mother Earth.

With the help of Colorado State University’s College of Business, Lacey will expand this idea of developing tribal businesses to include creating a format and foundation for Trees, Water & People to act as an incubator for livelihoods in energy conservation.

Learn more about the Center for Collaborative Conservation >>

Photo of the Week: Solar Warriors in Training

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Solar Warriors in training graduate from the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) with certificates in grid-tied PV systems and a new set of green job skills. Congrats to the new graduates!

To learn more about the Tribal Renewable Energy Program please visit our website.

 

Upcoming Training: Installing Solar PV Systems (Spots still available!)

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Join us for a 6-day Solar Electric Training, March 24-29, and learn how to install a grid-tied photovoltaic system! The training includes instruction in the installation of photovoltaic panels tied into the electricity grid. Classroom instruction takes place at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and students will have the opportunity to conduct a hands-on installation at our new Red Cloud Training Annex.

To attend, please complete this registration form. We are also very happy to be able to offer two scholarships for this training to Native Veterans. If you are a Native Veteran interested in attending, please complete this scholarship application form.

Photo of the Week: A New Class of Solar Warriors

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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!

Notes from the Field: Solar Trainees Power the SunMobile

by Claire Burnett, National Program Assistant

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As part of the Tribal Renewable Energy Program’s green job training series, nine Solar Warriors were trained last week 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 workshop.

During the training, students learned about battery-tied photovoltaic systems, successfully wired the SunMobile to be a mobile power station for PA systems at Pow Wows, and visited our most recent solar panel install at the KILI Radio Station to see a grid-tied PV system. The training was a great success and we thank all of our hardworking students – you guys rock!

We would also like to thank the Scoob Trust Foundation for sponsoring five scholarships for this training. In addition, we had guest instructors Stephen Kane (Kane Solar) and Steve Carroll (Namaste Solar) – we couldn’t have done it without their donated time and equipment – thank you both!

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Notes from the Field: Building the Red Cloud Training Annex

by Megan Maiolo-Heath
 
Nick, a volunteer from Denver, frames the entrance to the Red Cloud Training Annex.

Our most recent volunteer trip to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in Pine Ridge, SD, was a very productive weekend that brought us one step closer to having the Red Cloud Training Annex completed!

Ten volunteers from Colorado spent two full days working on framing the entrance, hanging sheet rock, installing plumbing, and building railings.  When the Training Annex is finished, it will house Native American trainees who come to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center to learn about a wide variety of renewable energy applications. The facility will have dorms, bathrooms, a full kitchen, classrooms, and a common area for studying.

Demand for the trainings offered by TWP’s Tribal Renewable Energy Program is high as many Native Americans are developing a deeper desire for green jobs and for helping their tribes adopt new renewable energy practices.  This Annex will nearly double the number of trainees and volunteers we can accommodate.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this volunteer weekend a success!

Notes from the Field: Solar Warriors Bring Heat to Eastern Shoshone

by Lacey Gaechter, National Director

Lacey Gaechter visits with “Solar Technician 1” Trainees and Henry Red Cloud (left) at the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe’s 477 Employment and Training Program sent three Solar Warriors to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center at the end of October to be trained on building and installing solar heaters. In addition, the tribe purchased 25 solar air heaters from our partner, Lakota Solar Enterprises. The mission of the 477 Program is to help unemployed tribal members find work that benefits the entire community. In this case, the tribe is not only employing these three Solar Warriors, but also providing clean, free heat for 25 elderly and disabled Eastern Shoshone living on the Wind River Reservation.

Congrats, Solar Warriors!

Henry Red Cloud, Trees, Water & People’s partner in operating the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, spent last week in Fort Washakie, WY, conducting site visits with the students. I got to the reservation just in time to shake the hands of these new green job recipients, Chris Tiger, Richard Bearing, and Michael Timbana. Michael told me that he wants to start his own solar business to help his tribe, and I hope we can help him do that! Richard, who is actually a Northern Arapaho, married to an Eastern Shoshone woman, was unemployed and says of his time with Henry, “It has had a great impact [on my life]. I learned a lot and met some new people that I now call friends. I also have a new job.”

 Thanks to the 477 Program for creating these opportunities on your beautiful and historic reservation and congrats to the new Trainees for all they have accomplished.

Notes from the Field: Solar Trainees Bring Renewables to KILI Radio

by Lacey Gaechter, National Director

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A wonderful group of students came out for last week’s Solar Electric Training at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. We had two repeat trainees, both of whom are in the process of starting their own renewable energy business: Leo White Bear, owner of Off the Grid, and Kale Means, budding proprietor of Indigenous Renewable Energy.

Since Leo Bear left his internship with Lakota Solar Enterprises, I have missed him so much, and it was great to visit with him again and to hear that he is doing so well back home in Idaho. Leo says of this course, “It will have a big impact for my renewable energy business!”

This course represents the Tribal Renewable Energy Program’s first “Trainer in Residence” project, featuring guest instructor Jeff Tobe of Solar Energy International. Thanks to a grant from the Department of Energy, Jeff was able to spend one week at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center co-hosting this training with Henry Red Cloud. Solar Energy International’s ultimate objective was actually to propagate skilled instructors for future solar electric courses, so this was a training for the trainer (Henry Red Cloud) as well.

Thanks to Trees, Water & People’s donors, including a very generous grant from the Arntz Family Foundation, we were also able to offer this training opportunity to seven students from the Shoshone Bannock, Oglala Lakota, Cheyenne River Sioux, and Northern Cheyenne tribes. The 2 kilowatt photovoltaic array was donated by Namasté Solar, which allowed us to offer scholarships to all seven students. In addition, we are also happy to contribute free, clean electricity to the KILI Radio Station in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. KILI is “the Voice of the Lakota Nation,” and is listened to online by tribal people throughout the contiguous United States and Alaska.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this training a success!

Native American trainees from 4 different tribes joined us for a Solar Electric Training, hosted at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in South Dakota.

Help fund the new Red Cloud Training Annex!

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 Demand for the trainings offered by TWP’s Tribal Renewable Energy Program is high as many Native Americans are developing a deeper desire for green jobs and for helping their tribes adopt new renewable energy practices.  Fortunately for this Program, a recent gift from a generous Trees, Water & People donor has allowed us to purchase and construct the basic frame for the new Red Cloud Training Annex.  This Annex will nearly double the number of trainees and volunteers we can accommodate.

Besides more indoor housing, the new facility will have a much needed kitchen, a classroom and presentation area, showers, and a study and living area. This recent gift enabled us to get four walls up and install a ground source heating system, but we really need your help to build the interior walls and acquire the materials and equipment needed that will transform the new building into renewed hope and real skills.

Your support will enable us to provide the practical skills and assistance to help Native Americans start new renewable energy businesses and get good paying, green jobs.

 With your help, we can cooperatively develop a new way that honors the old ways. Your caring and sharing will truly make a world of difference – where good people solve problems by contributing what they know and what they have, so that all people have a real chance at a sustainable future.

To make a donation to the new annex click here and in the “comments” section write “Red Cloud Annex”.

Thank you for supporting renewable energy and green job training on tribal lands!

-Richard Fox, Executive Director, Trees, Water & People