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Red Lake Solar Project: Promising a Bright Future

Energy is a trillion dollar industry. Gaming is a billion dollar industry...Distributed, renewable-energy micro-grids are the future. - Bob Blake


The Red Lake Solar Project is a comprehensive energy initiative with potential to change the energy game for the Red Lake Nation while creating local jobs as well as appeal for new industries to move to the region. Bob Blake is Executive Director of Native Sun Community Power Development. He's a member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe and owner of Solar Bear, a solar installation company based in the Twin Cities. He joined the morning show to discuss the progress and promise of  the Red Lake Solar Project and he explained how it's a modern day progression of traditional Ojibwe culture and tradition.


Native people are just born with this right to protect the environment...They realize that this is about protecting the planet, protecting the environment...every solar panel we lay down is just one more jab at protecting this planet and giving it that much extra to fight climate change...We all want to feel like we're a part of something bigger than ourselves. And that's exactly what I believe that this is offering... to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and to be part of something fighting the climate crisis. - Bob Blake


To hear more about the project's progress, its impact on community, and how plans for a soon-to-be solar farm came to be, click on the arrow above!


Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. She returned for a second stint in 2016-23. She produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota.