Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE) is a Native American-owned renewable energy company on the Pine Ridge Reservation that manufactures and installs solar heaters. Through the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), LSE trains others to do the same in their tribal communities. The heaters, which cost about $2,000 installed, provide supplemental heat and significant savings for low-income families. RCREC, with support from the non-profit Trees, Water & People, has provided hands-on training to more than 150 Native Americans from all over the US, and more than 1,400 of the solar heaters have been installed.
Trees, Water & People is committed to improving people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. We believe that natural resources are best protected when local people play an active role in their care and management.
Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is one of the nation's first 100% Native American-owned and operated renewable energy companies. Founded in 2006 by Pine Ridge resident Henry Red Cloud, with nonprofit partner Trees, Water & People, Lakota Solar Enterprises offers many services, including:
The White Earth Land Recovery Project (WELRP) has partnered with Lakota Solar
Trees, Water & People to host a solar air heater installation training April 30-May 4 on the White Earth
Reservation. This 5-day course will offer students the chance to learn how to assemble kits for solar
air heaters, as well as participate in hands-on solar air heater installations on White Earth Reservation
homes. Enrollment in the course comes at no cost to participants.
“...working with Red Cloud Renewable Energy
Center was a great opportunity to learn about
the new ways to create energy.”