A dream for Red Lake

At the heart of this project is Bob Blake, owner of Solar Bear, a solar installation business, and Executive Director of Native Sun Community Power Development. By his own description, Bob “wears a lot of hats.” On the day we meet with him in Red Lake, he is constantly busy, ferrying people around town, stopping for a moment to chat with someone, and all the time smiling through a painful knee injury.

“My hope, my dream for Red Lake is for this to be a model for other tribes to follow. What’s really exciting about all this is that our people can go ahead and get the knowledge around this technology and be a part of this new renewable energy green deal that’s gonna be happening. I feel like renewable energy is going to be this driver of change and prosperity in ways that tribal nations have never seen before,” Bob tells us.