Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center

In partnership with Lakota Solar Enterprises, TWP founded and now operates the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center is a place where Native Americans from around the country come to receive hands-on training in renewable energy applications from fellow Native American trainers. RCREC’s facilities include demonstration solar air furnaces, a solar electric system, straw bale home demonstration sites, a wind turbine, green houses and garden, buffalo from the Red Cloud herd, and wind break and shade trees. In addition to educating about the benefits of renewable energy, RCREC’s workshops are creating green jobs for residents of Pine Ridge, as well as visiting trainees from other tribes. As tribal leaders learn how to incorporate sustainable technology into housing plans, employment training, and energy strategies, the impact will increase exponentially.