Provide 10 Solar Heaters to Native Families

Sep 7, 2011

Yellow Hair Family to Receive Solar Heater

Walter and Alison Yellow Hair
Walter and Alison Yellow Hair

Trees, Water & People’s solar air heaters reduce a family’s monthly utility bill by 20-30% for up to 25 years. One family who will now benefit from this renewable energy technology is the Yellow Hair Family of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. They now have clean, free heat and a new home!

A partnership between Earth Tipi and Texas Natural Builders is providing Walter and Alison Yellow Hair with a new pallet home built from reclaimed materials.  This new, sustainable house will provide much better protection from, and insulation against, the harsh South Dakota winters than their current mobile home, which was originally headed for the dump when they inherited it.  With huge holes in its walls, such a poor structure can be deadly in the extreme weather of the Great Plains. 

We believe that every family is deserving of dignified and comfortable housing that is properly heated, which is why we offered to install a solar heating system on the new home.  The heating system, built and installed by Lakota Solar Enterprises and donated by Trees, Water & People, is an important finishing touch to this eco-friendly home design. Now, the Yellow Hair family will not have to worry about choosing between heat and food or heat and medicine.

Thank you for your continued support of this important project! We encourage you to share this progress report with a friend, so they too can better understand the needs of our Nation's First Peoples and how renewable energy is improving lives throughout Indian Country.

Learn more about Trees, Water & People's Tribal Lands Renewable Energy Program by clicking here.

New Home, Clean Heat
New Home, Clean Heat
Solar Heating System
Solar Heating System



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