It’s an idea so simple that it sounds almost too good to be true: Tribes across the country are using their forest lands to generate income by selling carbon credits in the California emissions trading industry while preserving their lands for future generations.
Navajo Nation officials met with representatives from the Trump administration and the Energy and Interior departments this week to discuss options to save the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) ahead of its slated closure in 2019.
Geothermal power comes from drilling down to superheated water, often as hot as 700 degrees Fahrenheit, and allowing the escaping steam to turn a turbine on the surface. This makes geothermal energy very site specific.
“With all 568 federally recognized Tribes, there’s 61 gigawatts of power available in solar,” said Henry Red Cloud, founder and owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), based on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.