U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited New York’s Shinnecock Nation yesterday in order to kick off a two-week Tribal Solarthon. Organized by Grid Alternatives, the event is part of the Obama administration’s commitment to encourage clean energy infrastructure and stronger economies in Native American regions around the country.


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The two-week event brings solar power and related job training to four tribal communities located in New York, California, Arizona and South Dakota. During the Solarthon, the GRID Alternatives team will work with tribal members to install solar energy infrastructure on 50 homes within the Shinnecock Nation.

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“Grid Alternatives’s partnership with the Shinnecock Nation and other tribal communities serves as a model for helping to build a sustainable energy future and solar technology workforce in Indian Country,” Secretary Jewell said. “This partnership shows how the tribal, federal and private sectors can work together to remove barriers to economic development, advance tribal self-determination and add clean energy to the grid.”

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