Tribal Renewable Energy, Food Security
Solar Heaters Built: 802
Partner: Lakota Solar Enterprises
Native Americans Trained: 121
Trees Planted: 1,045
This is a time of great change and opportunity for our country's First Peoples. We believe it is important that these changes truly benefit Native American tribes, making them less energy dependent while, at the same time, providing more skills and green jobs. At Trees, Water & People, we are committed to changing the tribal energy approach by creating new ways to honor the old ways.
Since 2002, we have worked on tribal lands of the United States to help bring economically-beneficial and culturally appropriate energy solutions to Native Americans. Trees, Water & People along with our partners help reduce excessive heating costs by providing supplemental solar air heating systems - manufactured and installed by Native Americans - for tribal families battling bitterly cold winters. Our solar heating systems save families 20-30% on their heating bills every year for up to twenty years.
In addition, TWP co-founded the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) on the Pine Ridge Reservation, where tribal members come from all over the country to receive intensive, hands-on training in renewable energy applications from fellow Native American instructors. Our Tribal Renewable Energy Program is at the forefront of the Native Energy Movement, bringing capital, knowledge, and technology to families and community groups on reservations.
Click on a flag below to learn more about our current and past work on each reservation.