The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (the Band) held a ceremony celebrating the completion of a 1-megawatt (MW) solar project on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in Cloquet, Minnesota, on Aug. 23, 2016.
This project aimed to help Urban Homeworks, which is a nonprofit developer, become familiar with three DOE BA performance measures, the installation processes, and the impacts and benefits of each. To maximize efficiency of application and address budget issues, the team worked with Urban Homeworks to identify ways to use volunteers and construction training programs to install the measures. An open invitation to visit the job site was extended to other nonprofit developers and industry partners to encourage dialog about the systems during live installation.
On Tuesday, June 30, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene joined other Native American leaders and federal officials at the Science Museum of Minnesota at an event organized to encourage Native students to pursue studies and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Sometimes great things come in small packages. In the case of developing ways to more efficiently store solar energy, they come in tiny capsules. With support from a SunShot Baseload Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Generation award, Terrafore has pioneered a new method to improve storage efficiency and reduce the cost of energy delivered from CSP plants.
"SunShot has played a major role in this achievement," says Terrafore CTO Anoop Mathur. "We're a very small company and without SunShot, this could not have been done."
Change doesn’t happen on its own. It’s led by dedicated and passionate people who are committed to empowering Indian Country to energize future generations. Leading the Charge is a regular feature spotlighting the movers and shakers in energy on tribal lands.