Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News / Energy News Network
A Nebraska tribe that is completing the installation of 720 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels is pursuing another solar technology for meeting even more of its energy needs. The Winnebago tribe recently received a gift of used solar thermal heaters and soon will refurbish and install them to heat several buildings on tribal land in eastern Nebraska.
The tribe began about a decade ago to pursue greater energy self-sufficiency. In 2008 it experimented with a 25-kilowatt solar installation. The tribe’s vision and ambition grew, and it won a federal grant in 2017 and a second grant a year ago, totaling about $790,000. Read more here.
Photo by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
About Karen Uhlenhuth
Karen spent most of her career reporting for the Kansas City Star, focusing at various times on local and regional news, and features. More recently, she was employed as a researcher and writer for a bioethics center at a children’s hospital in Kansas City. Karen covers Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota for the Energy News Network.
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Additional Recommended Reading
The Winnebago Community’s Renewable Energy Development A Part of Overall Mission, by Sam Burrish, Communications Manager, Ho-Chunk, Inc: The Winnebago Tribe’s Economic Development Corporation