Fort Lewis College students bring solar energy to Navajo Nation

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Fort Lewis College students bring solar energy to Navajo Nation

Panels installed at community gathering place
During spring break, 11 Fort Lewis College students installed 32 solar panels on the Ojo Encino Chapter House, the main community-gathering place for the chapter, about two hours south of Durango on the Navajo Nation. From left to right, Fort Lewis College student KeNeda Randall is the one setting the solar panel. Professor Rebecca Clausen is on the right looking on.
From March 5 to March 8, Fort Lewis College students helped install the solar panels at the Ojo Encino Chapter House. From left to right is Fort Lewis College student Gwendolyn Tsosie, Grid Alternatives technician Berlyn Hubler, Fort Lewis College student Trujill Sandman. Fort Lewis College student Cameron McGeshick looks on.
The solar panels are expected to reduce the Ojo Encino Chapter House’s energy bill by 75 to 80 percent annually. Professor Clausen is the one tightening down the solar panel. On the left, from front to back are Fort Lewis College students Gwendolyn Tsosie, Harrisetta Sandoval, Roxanne Sandoval, Professor Clausen, and then KeNeda Randall. On the right, Grid Alternative technician Cassandra Valandra, Grid Alternatives Coordinator Tim Willink, Professor Laurie Williams, and Fort Lewis College student Autumn Morris.
The project blended students from a variety of majors to take into consideration the cultural, political, land and resource issues involved with the solar panel installation.

Fort Lewis College students bring solar energy to Navajo Nation

During spring break, 11 Fort Lewis College students installed 32 solar panels on the Ojo Encino Chapter House, the main community-gathering place for the chapter, about two hours south of Durango on the Navajo Nation. From left to right, Fort Lewis College student KeNeda Randall is the one setting the solar panel. Professor Rebecca Clausen is on the right looking on.
From March 5 to March 8, Fort Lewis College students helped install the solar panels at the Ojo Encino Chapter House. From left to right is Fort Lewis College student Gwendolyn Tsosie, Grid Alternatives technician Berlyn Hubler, Fort Lewis College student Trujill Sandman. Fort Lewis College student Cameron McGeshick looks on.
The solar panels are expected to reduce the Ojo Encino Chapter House’s energy bill by 75 to 80 percent annually. Professor Clausen is the one tightening down the solar panel. On the left, from front to back are Fort Lewis College students Gwendolyn Tsosie, Harrisetta Sandoval, Roxanne Sandoval, Professor Clausen, and then KeNeda Randall. On the right, Grid Alternative technician Cassandra Valandra, Grid Alternatives Coordinator Tim Willink, Professor Laurie Williams, and Fort Lewis College student Autumn Morris.
The project blended students from a variety of majors to take into consideration the cultural, political, land and resource issues involved with the solar panel installation.
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