$1.4 Million USDA Grant Will Allow Yurok Families and Elders to Get Reliable Energy Via Portable Solar Units

Press release from the Yurok Tribe: The Yurok Tribe received a $1.4 million USDA Rural Development Program High Energy Cost Grant to procure portable solar units for tribal homes that do not have access to grid electricity .

“The transportable solar devices will make life a bit easier for many of our families and elders, who will soon have a dependable power source for the first time,” said Joseph L. James, the Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “This project is consistent with our values and our long term plan to develop an environmentally sustainable community. I would like to sincerely thank the USDA for investing in the Tribe.”

“This investment in some of the most rural tribal areas of my congressional district is an excellent way to bring power to chronically underserved people through resilient and clean solar energy,” added Rep. Jared Huffman, CA-02. “I’m thankful that the USDA recognized this significant need for the Yurok Tribe.”

“This grant couldn’t have come at a better time. The portable solar units will take a tremendous amount of financial strain off of our families and our elders in the Pecwan/Weitchpec area. Many of our elders are on a fixed income and due to the spike in gas prices they are having a hard time paying for fuel to keep their generators running for only a few hours each day,” said Mindy Natt, who represents the Pecwan District, which has one of the highest densities of off-grid residents on the Yurok Reservation.

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