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.

The training program featured a workshop that covered energy planning, a summary of clean energy initiatives already planned on the Menominee reservation and a discussion about next steps. Multiple stakeholders were present including representatives from the Menominee, Oneida, Potawatomi, Lac du Flambeau, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Midwest Tribal Energy Resources Association, state Department of Natural Resources, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, Alliant Energy and Focus on Energy.

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