Provide 10 Solar Heaters to Native Families

$14,060 $0
Raised Remaining


This project will provide 10 Native American families living in reservation communities with solar air heaters, reducing monthly heating bills by 20-30% for up to 20 years and creating green jobs.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Did you know Native American families of the Great Plains reservations spend up to 70% of their total income to heat their homes? And, heating options are few: expensive electricity, polluting propane, or firewood from the few trees that remain. With the average per capita annual income of less than $6,300, the high cost of heating often puts other necessities, such as health care and medicine, out of reach. The result is more suffering for people that have already suffered too much.

How will this project solve this problem?

A solar air heater provides supplemental heat to homes, reducing monthly heating bills by 20-30% for up to 20 years. Heaters are built and installed by Lakota Solar Enterprises, a Native American-owned and operated company, creating new green jobs.

Potential Long Term Impact

With an average household size of 5, this project will help 50 Native Americans live more comfortably during the bitter winter months, save significant amounts of money, and decrease their dependence on dirty energy.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $14,060

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $14,060 .  The original project funding goal was $14,000.


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Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

Project Leader

Megan Maiolo-Heath

Marketing Manager
Fort Collins, Colorado United States

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