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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.

2023 Calendar

April 2 - April 20

Solar Pre-Apprenticeship Readiness Program (formerly T4) 

April 2 (Sunday)      Student arrival

April 3-7                   PV 101 - Solar Electric Design and Installation

April 8 (Saturday)   Day Off

April 9 (Sunday)      Day Off

April 10-14               Solar Site Assessment and Installation Training for PV201

April 15 (Saturday)  Day Off - (Staff Prep Day for PV201)

April 16-18                PV201 - Solar Electric Lab - Mock Installations

April 19-20               Training on OSHA 10 and First Aid/CPR

April 20 or 21           Student Departure

April 20 - 24

Green Jobs on Yankton Reservation, a residential solar installation training

April 20                    Student arrival - Scaffolding - Fall Protection Setup - Site Assessment

April 21-23              Solar Installation

April 23 or 24         Student departure after event on the 23rd or the 24th

May 1 - May 30

Tree Planting at Pine Ridge  (40,000 tree plantings planned)


September 8 - September 16

Green Jobs on the Pine Ridge Reservation, a residential solar site assessment and installation training

September 8             Student Arrival (for those who haven’t taken OSHA/CPR)

September 9-10       Training OSHA 10 and CPR

September 11-12       2 Residential Site Assessments and system design review

September 13            Safety training (fall protection, job site safety), Site Preparation

September 14-16      Solar installation

September 16 or 17   Departure

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