The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has become the solar power leader in the Midwest, according to a report by AP News. The tribe boasts 400 kW of installed solar panels, more than nearly any other Midwestern American Indian tribe.
Many tribes are located in areas where there are significant renewable energy resources. They started the push towards renewable energy over a decade ago in an effort to take advantage of the ample amount of both land and sunshine needed for solar power.
It was 2008 when they began playing around with the idea of producing their own energy with a 25-kilowatt experiment, and in recent years have been seeking to expand their efforts. Native Indian tribes living on reservations tend to have high energy costs, making alternative sources of energy more attractive. By expanding their renewable energy resources, they not only boost their economic potential, but it gives their community a sense of energy independence and environmental sustainability.