Tribal leaders of The Red Lake Nation recently announced plans to install 15 megawatts worth of solar panels across the rooftops of their largest buildings, reports Minnesota Public Radio. When they’re done, the panels will generate enough power to light every bulb in the tribe’s three casinos, the tribal college, and all government buildings.
It’s one of the largest solar projects planned in northern Minnesota, and tribe leaders said it is a big step toward energy independence for the Red Lake Nation.
“Grandfather sun and mother earth are the foundations of who we are as native people,” said Red Lake development director Eugene McArthur. “With this project, we’re harnessing the forces of nature.”
McArthur set the solar plan in motion over the last several months. He said the project will break ground this June, and save the tribe roughly $2 million a year in energy costs.