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Tribal Train The Trainer
National 2020 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!
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 an alternate.
To qualify for a position, a candidate must have some solar and/or other renewable energy experience. They must commit to attending three week-long intensive training courses at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) on the Pine Ridge Reservation. They must also agree to co-teach a one week course to new trainees at RCREC (with SEI trainer assistance).
The 2020 Tribal Train the Trainer Scholarship recipients are: Gwe Gasco (White Earth), Gail Huebbling (Yankton Sioux), Jon Edwards (Standing Rock), Wambli Red Cloud (Pine Ridge), Chris French (Yankton) and Rachael La Friniere (Turtle Mountain)
These two women and four men from five tribes will receive full scholarships that cover the cost of their T4 teachers, curriculum and materials, as well as their meals and lodging at the Sacred Earth Lodge, as well as their transportation and the cost for their national NABCEP solar certification test. Corvid 19 precautions will be in place at all time.
Relatedly, new solar training labs are currently under construction on the Pine Ridge Reservation for use by the 2020 Solar Warriors as part of a significant expansion of Red Cloud Renewable's professional level solar training capacity.
Tribal Train the Trainer (2020) – Workshop and Testing Dates
Due to the Corona pandemic, these dates may change including being moved to Spring 2021.
We appreciate your patience and extra consideration during these difficult times
August 17-21 Train the Trainer (Session 1 – At RCREC) with SEI – PV101 (Grid-Direct)
August 24-28 Train the Trainer (Session 2 – At RCREC) with SEI – PV203 (Battery-Based)
September 14-18 Train the Trainer (Session 3 – At RCREC) with SEI - PV201 and PV203 Labs
September 18 NABCEP National Certification Test at RCREC
October 5-9 Train the Trainer (Session 4 – At RCREC) with SEI Trainer on site – Course PV101
Open workshop for tribal members taught by T4 graduates
This project made possible in part through All Points North Foundation
In 2020 and 2021, RCR will provide special attention to support solar development efforts on the Yankton Sioux Reservation. Henry Red Cloud, RCR's Executive Director says, “Gail Huebbling and Chris French were two of the founders of the "Solar Warrior Society" at Yankton, and we want to support them and others there to explore the full spectrum of solar possibilities!”
A key part of Red Cloud Renewable's success has been its efforts to build and engage its Solar Champion Network, which consists of employees from tribal governments and colleges, as well as other tribal members and leaders who are willing to help recruit students and also advocate on behalf of increased solar projects on their reservations.
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.
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 program is structured 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.
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.
Download the Application Form Here
Applications are no longer being accepted for 2020, but you can review the form.