Installing a new heater
Wow! So far, generous donors to this project have raised enough money to build 7 solar air heaters. Thank you! When this campaign is complete, we will distribute these heaters in an exciting new way. We have just initiated a new means for distributing our solar air heaters through our new website, www.solarwarriors.org. Any Native American can apply to receive a solar air heater as long as they live near one of our trained technicians.
Through this application process, not only can we distribute solar air heaters across a broader geographic range to reach more people, but we can also provide work opportunities for graduates from the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC). We currently have former students, trained in the installation of solar air heaters, at 12 different reservations across the West and Great Plains. Now, each heater we install through this application process helps us keep these individuals employed in the renewable energy industry.
This part of our program is brand new, and we are currently working with Ariel Frazier, a graduate from RCREC and a certified Solar Air Heater Technician, to install a new heater for an online applicant. She is installing this heater for Stottin Newbrough on the Cheyenne River Reservation, where he supports a household of 4 people on a salary of $5,000-$15,000 per year, depending on the firefighting season.
From Stottin Newbrough:
Propane is expensive…so I have to cut fire wood. Our woodstove is located in the basement, so it hardly heats the whole house.
We can't thank you enough for your generosity! Native American families are in great need of heat during the cold months of the year. As we make plans for 2014, please consider continuing your support of this project. Happy holidays!
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Happy owners of a new solar heater!