Renewable Energy

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Welcome to the
Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center

Welcome to Red Cloud Renewable, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that is managed by, and primarily staffed by Native Americans from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Our Mission is to assist tribal members and communities to move towards energy independence through renewable energy and sustainable living projects and training.  

It is time to move beyond our difficult past and to find ways to work together that take the goodness of non-Natives and the goodness of the Lakota and make some new and good exist in the world.

We recognize that the clash of cultures between Native and non-Natives has been a harsh story, but we also know that history is not something that just happened a long time ago.  It is continually being created every day and constantly rolling out behind us.  Red Cloud Renewable is dedicated to working cooperatively and in fellowship with people of every country and race to add a new chapter to this story – one that is based on mutual respect, caring and sharing of our resources and skills.

It is time to move beyond our difficult past and to find ways to work together that take the goodness of non-Natives and the goodness of the Lakota and make some new and good exist in the world.

We believe this path is a new way to honor the old ways and we hope you will join us on this journey of remembering our past, while building a new and better future!

Mitákuye Oyás'in (We Are All Related)

Henry Red Cloud

Executive Director

Since 2003, henry and the rcr team have...

One of the only 100% Native-owned renewable energy companies in the world - Lakota Solar Enterprises.

  • Installed a variety of solar electric arrays including a 20 kW system for Kili radio, the Voice of the Lakota Nation.

  • Created the 10 acre Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, as a Demonstration and Training facility for Native American students and visiting groups.   

  • Built the Sacred Earth Lodge – a residential training and living facility that can house up to 23 students, teachers and/or other guests and feed more than 100 people at events

  • Created Solar Warrior Farm which includes a nutritional row-crop area, as well as several  Lakota Traditional Food Forest areas.

  • Established Red Cloud Renewable in 2016 with Henry Red Cloud as its Executive Director

  • Created the professional level solar Tribal Train the Trainer (T4) Program and built numerous new solar training labs.   

  • Put on scores of other workshops and training courses for tribal members on renewable energy and sustainable building approaches

  • Built two compressed earth block (CEB) buildings – a 3 bedroom home given to Paul Shields, the son of Leonard Peltier and the office for Red Cloud Renewable and the Sacred Earth Lodge.

165,000+

Tree seedlings planted on the Pine Ridge Reservation and at the Bear Butte vision quest area.

1,100+

 Solar furnaces built and/or installed in Native American homes.

55+

Tribes have attended more than 100 RCR renewable energy and sustainable building workshops.

  • Supervised the building of the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC), a residential training facility for up to 30 students or visitors from universities, churches or other groups.

  • Supervised the building of two compressed earth block (CEB) buildings – a 3 bedroom home given to Paul Shields, the son of Leonard Peltier and the office for Red Cloud Renewable and the Sacred Earth Lodge.

  • Supervised the building and management of the Solar Warrior Farm (SWF), including developing a forage area project that revolves around traditional Lakota foods and herbs.