Our Energy Justice Initiative is designed to strategically and actively develop community infrastructure essential to a sustainable future in Indian Country. We are addressing the issue of energy policy as a means to democratize power production and create systemic change that advances environmental and social justice. Our overall strategy is two-pronged: while organizing around the adverse, disproportionate impacts of fossil fuel and nuclear power production on Indigenous peoples, we are engaged in implementing tribal and grassroots renewable strategies that will ensure a safe energy future.
The abundance of wind and solar resources on our reservations is astounding. Tribes have the potential to produce 15% of the country’s electricity with wind power, and the solar resources to power America 4.5 times over. Developing these renewable resources in a way that benefits the community, enhances dignity and builds resilience is our work. To this end, Honor is developing intellectual and technical knowledge on a grassroots level and partnering with our clean energy allies regionally and nationally to build infrastructure and capacity essential to a just, green future in Native America! Check out our Energy Justice publications
Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center(RCREC) is a significant expansion of Lakota Solar Enterprise's solar energy training and manufacturing efforts on the Pine Ridge Reservation. RCREC is a one-of-a-kind educational facility where tribes from all over the nation can receive hands-on training on renewable energy applications from fellow Native American trainers. To date, over 150 tribal members have received training from LSE, with 40 earning their Solar Technician I certification from RCREC. With their new knowledge and skills, tribal members can return home to start beneficial renewable energy programs and businesses in their own communities.