Minnesota tribe plans massive solar project on reservation
RED LAKE, Minn. — The Red Lake Nation is installing 15 megawatts of solar panels atop their largest buildings, pushing for enough power to light every bulb in the tribe’s casinos, the tribal college and all government buildings.
Minnesota Public Radio reported that tribal leaders say it’s a big step toward energy independence rather than having to rely on electricity generated outside the reservation borders in northern Minnesota.
“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.”