No-cost solar systems installed for the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe

No cost solar systems installed for the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe


From left to right— Vernon Shoshone and Landin Boots. Job Trainees on the project

Solar power is making an incredible difference in people's lives

For the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe in Death Valley—the installation of five no-cost solar photovoltaic systems, on five homes, has made a measurable difference in the daily lives of the residents. All of the recipients live in low-income households, and they include elders, a veteran, and a disabled member of the Tribe.

Robert Vance, Housing Director of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe commented:

"The overall program is very beneficial to our community as the majority of our residents are very low income and when the summer temperatures are 120-125°F, without the solar they might have to choose how long they run their coolers."

In addition, this project has provided tangible training for Vernon and Landin–two local members of the Tribe. Robert Vance then followed up:

"The trainee positions are very valuable as it provides real hands-on experience in working with solar."

On-the-job training provided during important projects such as this can lead to further employment and high-paying careers in the growing solar industry.

Timbisha Shoshone leaders with Tribal Solar banner
From left to right—Lisa Castilone (GRID Alternatives), Cheryl Logan, Charlie Charley, Kassidie Duckey, and Robert Vance (Housing Director - Timbisha Shoshone Tribe)

Impact of this project

663,740 kWh of electricity produced over the life of the system

$156,649 of energy savings over the life of the system

378 tons of greenhouse gases were eliminated over the life of the system

73 equivalent number of cars taken off the road (for 1 year)

8,801 equivalent number of trees planted