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.
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.
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.