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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and GRID Alternatives Partner for Tribe’s First Grid-Tied Solar Electric System

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and GRID Alternatives Partner for Tribe’s First Grid-Tied Solar Electric System
October 05
16:41 2017

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe member Stephanie Yellow Hammer and her family will benefit from clean, free energy from the sun thanks to a solar electric system installed on her home last week. The project, a partnership between the tribe and national nonprofit GRID Alternatives, is the first grid-tied solar electric system to be installed on the Standing Rock reservation. The undertaking received support in the form of equipment donations from Jinko Solar and Enphase Energy.

Eight volunteers from the community, including two students from the local tribal college, helped install the 6 kW-AC ground mount system. In addition to on-site training, GRID provided a safety orientation and classroom curriculum for the group on how solar works and the economic and environmental benefits of solar.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II commented:

“This project is a great example of what we can do as a nation to implement renewable energies into our communities.”

The solar electric system is expected to reduce Ms. Yellow Hammer’s electricity bills by 80%. She explained:

“For us as a one-income family, it’s really going to help us out financially with reduced energy costs. I hope in the future more tribal enrolled members look at solar for their home sites.”

GRID Alternatives is America’s largest nonprofit solar installer, bringing clean energy technology and job training to underserved communities through a network of community partners and philanthropic supporters. GRID has installed 550 solar electric systems on tribal homes and facilities to-date in partnership with 40 tribes while providing hands-on training opportunities for tribal members.

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