Projects + Trainings

Current and Upcoming

Solar Electric

Professional Level

Solar Tribal Train the Trainer (T4)

​We'll be partnering once again in 2020 and 2021 with the #1 solar electric training organization in the United States - Solar Energy International (SEI).  The tribal Train the Trainer Program is a professional level training course that consists of three weeks of intensive training at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center at Pine Ridge.  As we are training new trainers for tribal communities, graduates of the course will then become the teacher at a supervised Solar 101 one week workshop for other tribal members.


Students selected for this program receive full scholarships that covers all training costs, lodging, food, and the fee to take the national NABCEP Solar Certification test.  A travel stipend will also be provided. 

Summer and Fall T4 classes have been postponed due to the Corona virus Pandemic and will be rescheduled in Spring 2021.

2022 Calendar

April 18-22

Off-Grid Solar Furnace Workshop 


April 24 - May 30

Tree Planting at Pine Ridge  (35,000 tree plantings planned)


May 23-27

Solar watering training modules (i.e. Solar Warrior Garden, Pipestone Garden and Livestock Watering)  

Solar Water Pumping Workshop


June 1- June 10

Professional Solar Installer Class, PV 101 & 201L

(No class/Mentor day on June 5)

Tribal Train the Trainers (T4) 

June 13-17

PV 101, classes start


June 18-19

Free weekend (students may stay at Lodge/ RCREC)


June 20-24

PV 201L, Grid-tied labs at the new Solar Lab Facility


June 25 - July 5 

11 days off; rest, take care of families and personal life

July 6-14

PV 203 and 301L – Battery based, no classes July 10

July 14

NABCEP testing at Red Cloud Renewable


July 25-29

All 2022 graduates will teach PV 101 to other Native Americans with RCR and RE teaching assistance.

July 18 – 22

Creating Successful Tribal Solar Businesses Workshop