MN Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL) staff member Bob Blake of Red Lake Nation is inspired by the Red Lake Solar Project, a vision for his tribe first voiced by Tribal Council Chairman Darrell Seki, Senior,  to transition the community's fossil fuel use to 100% local, clean sources of energy, distributed on a microgrid that will be owned by the Tribe. 

Bob's company Solar Bear completed the first solar array for the Project last year, financed by Ralph Jacobson through a crowdfunding “microloan” plan. Bob and Ralph are teaming up again to install a solar array with energy storage on Red Lake Nation’s "Oshki ima aji tah dah" workforce development campus.  Bob's company Solar Bear will employ tribal members to build the array, which again will be financed by Ralph using the Minnesota MNvest crowdfunding website.

"Microloan" investors are needed to make it happen. Investments can range from $2,000-$10,000 with a five-year payback and 2.5% interest annually.  In addition to creating clean energy, the Red Lake Solar Project offers Tribe members local economic development through quality job training and employment.

For more information, please email [email protected] with questions.