The expansion will add 320kW solar capacity to the current 400kW, increasing energy savings by $47,000 annually. “Sustainability and being able to provide for ourselves is very important to the Winnebago Tribe,” said Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes, executive vice president of community impact and engagement for HCI. “These renewable energy projects are indicators of our commitment to self-sufficiency and our desire to be good stewards of our resources.” In 2007, HCI began developing the tribe’s renewable energy infrastructure with construction of five wind turbines. Last year, 1,000 solar panels were installed at 14 sites across the community, including at its powwow grounds, elder housing and solar panel farm adjacent to U.S. Highway 75 at the north end of Winnebago. Department of Energy grants and matching funds paid for that $749,000 investment. Ho-Chunk Inc. owns Indianz.Com. The website is not involved in the corporation's solar energy efforts.
Solar installations on the Winnnebago Reservation. Source: Ho-Chunk Inc.
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