Standard Solar: RENEW Magazine June 2023 Issue

June 2023 – Ask The Experts “What actions can we take to foster a more united and integrated industry?”
Throughout GRID Alternative’s tribal-focused programs there is an accountability to tribal sovereignty, cultural and place-based knowledge, technical knowledge of renewable energy concepts, and policy-regulatory energy knowledge. These
represent the strategies needed to advance and focus on increasing community based solutions for renewable energy that are the result of local tribal leadership.

More Sunlight Reaches Native Solar Development

May 18, 2023 – The native solar energy development future has never looked so bright, so fast. Thanks in large part to the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act, tribes can tap hundreds of millions of dollars for new energy projects, along with large federal loans with easy terms.

RFP alert: Tribal solar accelerator seeks projects

May 4, 2023 – An accelerator fund for tribal authorities that includes 65 tribes and over 120 tribal individuals will award grants of up to $200,000 for solar projects situated on tribal authority land, and $50,000 grants per year for tribal energy plan proposals.

Wisconsin’s Menominee Nation taps into sustainable roots with renewable energy training, solar installation

May 1, 2023 – The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin is taking steps to advance the transition to renewable energy on the reservation. Members of the tribe participated in a solar energy workshop at the College of Menominee Nation last week by Indigenized Energy, a nonprofit that works with tribes to pursue energy sovereignty. The Menominee also constructed a 40-kilowatt solar array outside of the college’s Sustainable Development Institute. 

Sidney Resources Corp. Welcomes New President Chantel Greene of Xexus Greene Energy to Oversee all Aspects of Sidney’s Growing Umbrella of Companies

March 15, 2023 – She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Xexus Greene Energy, LLC. A 100% Native American and woman owned consulting company. In a reciprocal agreement Sidney Resources Corporation, CEO, Sean Rae Zalewski, will serve as President of Xexus Green Energy, LLC. She holds a Masters of Legal Studies in Indigenous Peoples Law from University of Oklahoma, Bachelors of Arts in Indigenous American Indian Studies with emphasis in Environmental Justice from Haskell Indian Nations University, and is currently the new Nez Perce Tribe Gaming Commission Director.


January 12, 2023 – A wide variety of perspectives and ideas were shared during Confluence Philanthropy’s Coffee Klatch in December, exploring approaches to investing in populations in climate transition, including tribal communities. Creating and building authentic partnerships and values-aligned investments with tribal communities and tribal-led organizations is important to shifting powers in the climate change movement. Philanthropic support and investment in Indian Country’s efforts is necessary as we work to dismantle the inequities of the energy crisis, environmental and social justice issues, while promoting healthy economies, cultural preservation, and restoration of tribal lands. 

Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund awards 16 grants for facility and residential clean energy projects

OAKLAND, CA; SEPTEMBER 8, 2022 – Sixteen grants totaling $2.8 million to tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal colleges have been awarded for new tribal facilities and residential solar projects from the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (TSAF), a tribal-led grant making program of GRID Alternatives that aims to catalyze the growth of solar energy and expand solar job opportunities in tribal communities across the United States.

Climate Justice Leaders, with Google Nest’s Help, Are Effecting Real-World Benefits in Low-Income Communities

June 28, 2022 – In the face of the climate crisis, companies, energy consumers, and nonprofits are all grappling with their unique roles in the global transition to renewable and clean energy. In the U.S., residential energy use accounts for roughly 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. As residential renewable energy becomes increasingly available around the world, it’s vital that this transition includes the communities most impacted by the effects of climate change. Google Nest is partnering with Elevate and GRID Alternatives, two leading environmental justice nonprofits, to drive clean energy programs that center equity and community at their core.

At Vegas activist training, Al Gore highlights peril, promise of Nevada’s climate response

June 16, 2022 – The 49th training session of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps brought in panelists to speak about the climate issues happening worldwide — and to educate local leaders about how to address these issues across the Southwest. Ranging from Indigenous artist Fawn Douglas to “Property Brothers” star Jonathan Scott, the panelists each shared their own perspectives on climate change’s impact and how policymakers should approach solutions.

In Search of Funding, Tribal Communities Are Turning to Corporate Investment to Embrace Solar Power

April 13, 2022 – The very first utility-scale solar plant on tribal land in the continental U.S. began operating just five years ago. Built on some 2,000 acres on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Clark County, Nevada, the 250 megawatt project provides enough electricity for over 100,000 homes each year; all power generated is sold some 300 miles away to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In the next two years, two more major Moapa-led utility-scale projects will come online—at a combined 500 megawatts, the additions will be among the biggest yet on tribal lands.

Renewable Energy: Jobs of the future

April 6, 2022 – The job market in Indian Country is tough. Edmond Salt knows that as well as anybody.
A 42-year-old father of five and a Navajo citizen from Kayenta, Arizona, Salt once wanted one of the in-demand jobs with the local coal mine. While he managed to get a temporary job, Salt couldn’t snag a permanent position in a competitive environment with relatively few openings.

TSAF Awarded Bezos Earth Fund Grant

December 6, 2021GRID Alternatives, a national leader in providing access to clean, affordable renewable energy, received a $12 million multi-year grant from the Bezos Earth Fund to grow the scope and scale of the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund. The Fund is a tribal-led program that partners with tribal communities across the United States to develop their renewable energy capacity and expand solar job opportunities.