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Solar Energy Deployment in Indigenous American Communities: Opportunities and Challenges

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Solar energy has the potential to transform environmental, social and economic systems away from fossil fuels, and toward vibrant and vital indigenous communities. The effects of solar energy projects can include reductions in energy poverty, enabling energy independence in tribal communities, creation of jobs, economic and workforce development, while protecting and preserving Earth for future generations.  However, existing efforts to deploy solar energy in Indian Country have largely focused on one-off, externally managed projects, built by third parties.  These arrays provide electricity, but they often don’t bring much value to a tribe, or address the core energy and poverty issues facing Native communities.  A paradigm shift is necessary — the revitalization of tribes towards self-determination, and away from divisive and reductive systems which have been detrimental to First Nation communities in the United States.

JOIN US for an enlightening discussion about the unique challenges and opportunities of solar deployment on American Indian reservations.   Learn about a unique approach which combines an innovative funding model with nonprofit management and industry expertise — catalyzing solar energy’s potential to create a brighter future for tribal communities facing energy insecurity and high unemployment.

Confirmed Panelists


Otto Braided Hair, Jr. – Executive Director, Covenant Solar Initiative (Northern Cheyenne)

Cody Two Bears – Executive Director, Indigenized Energy (Standing Rock Sioux)

Michael Scott – Senior Campaign Manager, Sierra Club – Beyond Coal Campaign

Benjamin Materna – Vice President of Deployment, GivePower Foundation

Dr. David Riley – Academic Director/Head of Development, Covenant Solar Initiative

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