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Tribal Train The Trainer

National Solar Certification Opportunity: Tribal Train the Trainer Program

Henry Red Cloud from the Pine Ridge Reservation and Solar Energy International (SEI) have worked together on renewable energy training and projects for almost 20 years.  Now Henry’s non-profit organization, Red Cloud Renewable (RCR) and SEI have created the professional level Tribal Train the Trainer (T4) Program that is designed specifically to build the Native American solar workforce, while concurrently providing the solar trainers and tribal solar advocate network that will spread this technology all across Indian Country!


Solar Energy International has been the premiere solar training organization since 1991 with more than 70,000 students taking their courses.  More than 25% of all North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) have received their training through SEI.

Henry Red Cloud, through Lakota Solar Enterprises and now Red Cloud Renewable has been providing renewable energy and sustainable building training and projects for tribal members and communities since 2003.  He has provided training to tribal members from more than 50 tribes. 


In 2019 nine students took the T4 training – three women and six men from five tribes.  Five went on to get their national NABCEP solar technician certification.  This year, we currently have funding for five additional students, and we hope to have additional funding in place for more students before the training begins. 


The initial five students will be selected by May 30, 2020 from all applicants who have submitted applications by May 15.  All training expenses (including food and lodging) will be covered except for travel costs, which the trainee’s tribe or other sponsor must cover.


To qualify for a position, a candidate must have some solar and/or other renewable energy experience.  They must commit to attending four week-long courses – two at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) on the Pine Ridge Reservation and two at SEI Headquarters in Paonia, Colorado.  They must also agree to co- teach a one week course to new trainees at RCREC (with SEI trainer assistance).  See specific dates for details.

Upon completion of the training, the participants will be granted full access to the SEI Job Board and Mentor Network and other entrepreneurial assistance, which will connect them with many solar professionals and companies all across the United States.

Tribal Train the Trainer (2020) – Workshop and Testing Dates

Aug 24-28                    Train the Trainer (Session 1 – At RCREC) with SEI – PV101 (Grid-Direct)

Aug 31-Sept 4             Train the Trainer (Session 2 – At RCREC) w/ SEI – PV203 (Battery-Based)

Sept 28-Oct 2              Train the Trainer (Session 3) – At SEI in Colorado PV201 Lab (Grid-Direct)

Oct 5-Oct 9                  Train the Trainer (Session 4) – At SEI in Colorado PV301 Lab (Battery-Based)

Oct 9                           NABCEP National certification test at SEI

Oct 26-30                    Train the Trainer (Session 5 – At RCREC) with SEI Trainer on site – Course PV101

​For more information about this program and to request an application, please contact

Richard Fox via email -

Some graduates may be offered the opportunity to further advance their solar career by becoming a SEI Instructor both here in the United States and possibly even internationally.


For those wanting to work within the national tribal community, participants will become part of RCR’s Green Teams Across the Northern Plains, where trainees who have worked with Henry will be encouraged and helped to develop solar and renewable energy projects on their own reservations and invited to join in on projects across the northern Plains and possibly much further.


Graduates of this program will also become part of the RCR Advisory Board and be invited to participate and possibly become a trainer in other renewable energy approaches presented at the Center (e.g. Off-Grid Solar Furnaces, solar water pumping, solar lighting and building mobile solar power stations and much more).


This is an incredible opportunity for tribal members who are serious about learning about solar energy and protecting Mother Earth and who are willing to put in the effort to complete this professional training. 

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