Native culture nonprofit offsets energy costs with 20-kW solar array

Nibezunan indigenous-run nonprofit that aims to revitalize and preserve Wabanaki culture welcomed a new solar panel and heat pump system to provide renewable electricity and heat to its facilities.

Credit: Everyone Solar

Cooperate with everyone solarNearly $60,000 was raised from foundations and individual donors to install the solar panel and heat pump system, which will offset nearly all of the nonprofit’s current electricity use and allow Nibezun to devote more of its resources to cultural preservation programs.

“We hope to bring greater sustainability for now and for generations to come, and solar is the obvious next step on our path,” said Nicole Paul, co-director at Nibezun.

Each year, Nibezun spends about $4,600 on electricity in its multiple buildings. The 20.48 kW solar array installed by Sundog Solar will generate 23,806 kWh of electricity, which will compensate almost 100% of the current consumption. These savings allow Nibezun to allocate funding to several programs, including:

  • Preserving the country’s natural beauty and abundance of wildlife
  • Balancing the production of natural resources
  • Restoring ancient ceremonies once held on the same property

“Everybody Solar’s mission is to provide everyone with solar energy,” said Myriam Scally, director of operations & development at Everybody Solar Director. “Over the years, we have found that some of our most valued projects have provided support to Native American communities in the United States. We are honored to have been able to help Nibezun harness solar energy and restore the balance of their operations.”

Donors/partners for the solar panel include Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness, Sundog, the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, individual donors, Engie, Citizen and Business Performance Improvement.

Nibezun works to bring a sense of stewardship, sustainability and community to the local residents. Since its inception in 2016, it has been committed to sustainable growth and supports its mission to preserve and share Wabanaki culture through education and practice on special grounds along the Penobscot River.

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