Renewable Energy


    With Climate Change on the rise, humans need to start implementing renewable energy sources. There are multiple types of renewable energy that can be used. Most renewable energies either directly or indirectly come from the sun. There is solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, bioenergy, hydropower and different types of ocean energy and the use of these in America is under 10%. HCI is attempting changing that.

    A total investment of $728,622, including a grant of $364,311 from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy and a matching $364,311 from Ho-Chunk, Inc., the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and partners, will fund the installation of new solar panels in nine various locations across Winnebago. The addition will increase the current 400kW solar capacity by 320kW, raising energy savings by $47,000 annually. This renewable energy initiative began in 2007 with a couple of wind turbines and has grown ever since, making Winnebago home to one of the largest renewable energy infrastructures in Nebraska.

    Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes, Ho-Chunk Executive Vice President of Community Impact & Engagement, said, “Sustainability and being able to provide for ourselves is very important to the Winnebago Tribe. These renewable energy projects are indicators of our commitment to self-sufficiency and our desire to be good stewards of our resources.”

    This is great because renewable energy technologies are clean sources of energy that have a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy technologies and will not run out. Hopefully, more people and countries will realize the benefits of renewable energy and begin to use them.