The Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux are partnering with Boston energy organization Citizens Wind to develop a 120-MW wind farm on their land in South Dakota.
The project will cost $400 million, take three years to build and is expected to provide electricity for 50,000-60,000 homes. Beyond the environmental benefits, the Sioux are hoping the project will bring some much-needed economic relief and jobs to their tribe. If the project is successful, it could be a blueprint for other tribes to follow.
This project is just one of a few wind projects Citizens Wind is planning with Native American groups. They are also working with the Cree Nation of Mistissini in Quebec, the Ojibwe in Ontario and the Navajo Nation.
written by BruceMcF, March 18, 2009
written by yancyg, March 27, 2009
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