Spokane Tribe of Indians to Host Solar Celebration

nstalling GRID’s most recent solar project for the Spokane Tribe (Source: GRID)

Published May 5, 2019

SPOKANE INDIAN RESERVATION — In 2016, the Cayuse Mountain Fire burned more than 18,000 acres, destroyed 14 tribal homes, cut power to main administrative buildings and water supply, and endangered residents on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

In response, the tribe launched the Children of the Sun Solar Initiative (COSSI) to develop a large-scale renewable energy project on tribal buildings and homes as a step toward achieving tribal energy sovereignty and climate resilience. Partners include the Department of Energy, the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (GRID Alternatives and Wells Fargo Foundation), SunVest, and the HUD NW Office of Native American Programs.

On Thursday, May 16, the Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Spokane Indian Housing Authority will host a celebration of the Children of the Sun Solar Initiative (COSSI). The celebration of the project will bring together tribal leaders, project partners, and distinguished guests, followed by a luncheon and policy discussion.

By installing over 650 kilowatts of solar on 23 homes and nine Tribal community buildings in partnership with GRID Alternatives, the Tribe is taking an important step toward energy sovereignty. The project is also providing hands-on solar installation training to Tribal employees and community members.

WHAT:

Celebration of the Children of the Sun Solar Initiative

WHO:

The following individuals will be speaking and available for interview:

  • Carol Evans, Spokane Tribal Business Council, Chairwoman

  • Timothy Horan, Spokane Indian Housing Authority Executive Director

  • Don Sampson, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Climate Change Director

  • Tanksi Clairmont, Director, Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund

  • Michael Furze, WA Dept. of Commerce, Assistant Director of State Energy Office

  • Cora Gaane, Wells Fargo Foundation

WHEN:

Thursday, May 16, 10:00am – 3:30pm

Main event: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Policy Discussion: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

WHERE:

Spokane Indian Housing Authority Office

6403 Sherwood Addition Road

Wellpinit, WA 99040

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