Biden-Harris Investing $500K for Solar Energy on Pine Ridge Reservation

Oct 25, 2023 04:10 PM ET
  • Help advance environmental justice - $500,000 is being donated to the American Solar Energy Society for a project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. This project will support small non-profits and create healthier, more resilient communities through solar energy applications.

Today's announcement provides $500,000 to the American Solar Energy Society for a solar energy project at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to advance environmental justice as part of President Biden's Investing in America agenda. The funding is provided through EPA's Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Cooperative Agreement Program and Environmental Justice Government-to-Government grant programs funded by President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act. The project will leverage solar energy applications to improve conditions for residents across the Pine Ridge Reservation, prioritizing small non-profit organizations and creating healthier and more resilient communities.

What Benefits Does Solar Energy Project Offer in Pine Ridge?

  • Creation of renewable energy sources to reduce emissions from fossil fuel production
  • Cost savings for Pine Ridge residents through solar energy projects
  • Increase in local employment opportunities for the installation and maintenance of solar power infrastructure
  • Improved air quality from reduced emissions of air pollutants
  • Increased access to electricity across Pine Ridge
  • Reduced reliance on the grid for energy, which can reduce costs and increase reliability
  • Increased economic growth and energy security for the reservation
  • Improved public health and quality of life for residents of Pine Ridge

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