Dozens of volunteers learned how to install and operate solar panels on the Menominee Reservation last week as part of the tribe’s efforts to achieve energy independence.

The training took place at the College of Menominee Nation campus in Keshena and the solar panels installed will be used to power one of the college’s buildings.

“It was exciting to see how quickly things are progressing,” said Menominee Chairwoman Gena Kakkak in a statement. “It’s been a short time from when we approved funding to work towards renewable energy and partnered with Indigenized Energy. Today, we see the plan and development moving forward.”

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