Henry Red Cloud Awarded Highest Honors from American Solar Energy Society

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Congrats to our dear friend and Tribal Renewable Energy Program partner, Henry Red Cloud, for receving the prestigious Charles Greeley Abbot Award from the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) yesterday in Baltimore. 

From ASES “Solar 2013” blog:

ASES awarded its highest honor, the Charles Greeley Abbot Award, to Henry Red Cloud for his work to improve the lives of Native Americans nationwide through the use of renewable energy. Red Cloud founded Lakota Solar Enterprises on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to produce an affordable, replicable solar air-heating system that saves tribal families 20 to 30 percent on their annual heating costs. In honor of past and future generations of Lakota people and of all the “solar warriors and warriorettes” in attendance, Red Cloud sang a Lakota song passed down from his grandfather and through the generations. For the song, about honoring the sun and its part in the water and life cycles, he asked those present to stand and contemplate their own part in this cycle of life, in preserving the earth’s resources and honoring the sun.

Was-te to an inspiring Solar Warrior!

(Photo by Rachael Maddox & Brian Ward)


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.


Apply Today: Cellulose Insulation Training

Trees, Water & People Renewable Energy Program

WHAT: Cellulose Insulation Training
Learn how to install cellulose insulation to keep buildings warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. During this five day training, students will get hands-on experience applying “wet cellulose” directly to walls (pictured below demonstrating its fire resistant properties) as well as a dry application, between building surfaces.

cellulose insulation

Henry Red Cloud, proprietor of Lakota Solar Enterprises, will provide the instruction for this training. Students will also see his cardboard recycling facility (the source of the raw material for cellulose insulation) learn about the process of turning the cardboard into insulation (done out of state), and use the application machine.

WHERE: Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, Pine Ridge, SD

WHO: 10 trainees from Native American tribes throughout the country will join Henry Red Cloud and Trees, Water & People for this hands-on training.

*You must complete this application to be considered for the training.*

WHEN: April 30-May 6, 2012 (including arrival and departure days)

Applications Due Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Please call (970) 484-3678 for more information.

Photo of the Week: First Ground-Source Heat Training at RCREC

Ground-Source Heat Training at RCREC
A proud group of trainees at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center learned how to install a ground-source heating system, utilizing the power of the sun to heat the new Red Cloud Training Annex. Thank you to The Carolyn Foundation for funding this training!