This summer, Ecological Action is installing a photovoltaic system on a veteran’s home in the Pine Ridge Native American Reservation in South Dakota. We are thrilled to be partnering with GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit with offices in Colorado in the solar energy industry.

“GRID Alternatives’ vision is a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone. Our mission is to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities”

They have done some amazing work, including installing 8,177 solar powered systems and preventing over 646,191 tons of greenhouse gasses from being emitted into the atmosphere. 

Learn more about GRID Alternative’s work here: http://www.gridalternatives.org/

As an environmental club, EcoAction is so grateful to be partnering with GRID Alternatives this summer and throughout the school year!

For the next couple of months, members of EcoAction will attend training sessions at GRID Alternatives and cover topics such as solar system design, net metering policies, cultural perspectives, Native American energy issues, and learn hands-on solar installation skills such as conduit bending and tool usage.

The first training session with GRID Alternatives occurred on March 20th and was an insightful experience and exciting introduction for all of the interested club members. We carpooled (of course) down to GRID Alternatives’ main warehouse in Denver. Berlyn Huber, a GRID Staff member who has been incredibly supportive from the time we first discussed this potential partnership in January, immersed us in the unique experience that GRID was prepared to share with us.

We learned what exactly GRID does for communities with low access to electricity, the environmental importance of solar on the environment, and how much access to clean electricity is valued by Native Americans. To be able to tie together a passionate group of Hippie teenagers, an established environmental non-profit, and a reservation that cares deeply about the earth is a once in a lifetime connection that I am sure will spark a sense of community and deeper purpose in all involved.

By the end of the meeting, we (EcoAction) were very excited about the trip already and wanted summer to come even faster. Our next meeting will encompass the specifics of solar powered energy and the logistics of how we will be installing solar panels on a Reservation. We are blessed with the opportunity to make a positive change for both the environment and the people who deserve it the most.

Thank you to those who donated at our 2017 Songs for Solar Benefit Concert. Without your generous support, none of this would be possible. I can’t wait to share more about this journey with you as it unfolds!

Peace and Love,

Riley Weeks (EcoAction Club Member)

Click Below to discover more about our partner, GRID Alternatives:

http://www.gridalternatives.org/

Click Below to gain more insight on Pine Ridge Native American Reservation:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/10/life-pine-ridge-native-american-reservation-161031113119935.html

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