Microgrids Can Empower Tribal Communities with Renewable Energy
In this commentary, Clayton Yeko and Guillermo Gomez, business development managers at Scale Microgrids, advocate for the implementation of microgrids in tribal communities to address energy challenges and promote renewable energy adoption. They highlight the pressing need for cleaner and more reliable energy sources in the face of climate change. Notably, 75 percent of homes in the United States without electricity are located on tribal lands, and 14 percent of tribal households lack access to electricity, which is ten times the national average. Microgrids offer an opportunity for tribal communities to generate and distribute their own energy, reducing reliance on traditional grids that have historically neglected their needs. The authors present the Soboba Casino Resort project, a microgrid installation for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, as a model for other tribes to follow, providing cleaner and more resilient energy solutions.