Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center: Training Native Americans in renewable energy

Life & Soul Magazine

Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center is training Native Americans from around the country in renewable energy so they can then share this solar know-how with their reservations and homes nationwide.

Founded by Lakota native Henry Red Cloud, Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) teaches students how to capture and use solar energy.

Henry Red Cloud is the direct fifth generation descendant of Chief Red Cloud, one of the last Lakota war chiefs and one of the most famous Native Americans in history. Henry Red Cloud was born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation, where living conditions are extremely difficult.

On the Pine Ridge Reservation, where Henry Red Cloud lives, about half of the residents live in poverty. Utility bills are often as high as $600 each month.

In an interview with Newsy, Henry Red Cloud said: “As natives, we embrace renewable energy…

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