26 Aug '14, 2pm

Native Power: Job Growth through Green Technologies

Native Power: Job Growth through Green Technologies

Some tribes are looking to utility-scale renewable energy projects to help bring income into reservations. Some also believe these projects can do more than export surplus energy and import revenue; they can also generate jobs. Others, though, are not as enthusiastic, at least about the employment promise of big, utility-scale projects. Richard Fox, executive director of Trees, Water, and People (TWP), a nonprofit that works to bring renewable energy to tribal lands, told RMI: “Large-scale renewable energy projects are good for Indian Country, but they produce very few jobs. It's the small-scale/big-impact renewable energy approach that … provides a steady source of good local green jobs!" Debby Tewa, a solar electrician from the Hopi Reservation, agrees. “When leaders say this will bring jobs to our tribe,” says Tewa, “I ask what do you mean by jobs?” Tewa, who now runs a...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014...

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