This free webinar is being hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Climate Change Program and is an installment of the Topics in Climate Change Adaptation Planning webinar series.
Thinking about a solar power project? How much would it cost? Who has successfully navigated this process? What is that community doing with solar power? These are probably some of the questions you may be asking yourself or your colleagues. This webinar will discuss some of the technical and financial considerations when putting together solar projects as well as highlight resources available for Tribes. We will also hear about the practical experience gained by a Tribal community who has successfully navigated the process and who are now working on installing solar features. Solar projects can be a way to both mitigate and adapt to climate change, bringing power to locations that may not have had power before and generating revenue to help finance resilience actions. Let’s help each other and learn together about what it takes to get started.
Solar energy professional Robert Blake discusses solar power opportunities, social justice, and his entrepreneurial and life goals of making solar power available to all.
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Robert Blake, a Red Lake tribal member who also works with Solar Bear, one of the companies helping with the project, says, “this a part of our beliefs is to protect Mother Earth, and so I believe that Native people need to lead by example and by going with solar energy, by going with renewable energy projects, this is definitely the way that we can go ahead and lead the rest of the country this way.”