Standing Rock Celebrates Opening of Solar Farm 3 Miles From Dakota Access Pipeline

GizmodoAugust 2, 2019758



While the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe may have lost the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the tribe is still intent on winning the war against climate change. The CannonBall Community Solar Farm is the first in North Dakota, and will save the community $7,000-10,000 each year in energy costs.


Standing Rock Celebrates Opening of Solar Farm 3 Miles From Dakota Access Pipeline 

In 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe launched a battle against an oil pipeline running across their ancestral lands. Despite their efforts gaining international attention, the 1,172 mile-long Dakota Access Pipeline was built anyway. The tribe lost that battle—but its members didn’t let that defeat stop them from tackling the greater issue at hand: climate change.

Tribal members, alongside celebrities who joined the protests in 2016 like Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) and Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), celebrated North Dakota’s first solar farm last Friday, which is also located on the tribal reservation. The CannonBall Community Solar Farm adds 300 kilowatts into the grid, which might not sound a lot, but it is for this community. Plus, it brings the tribe one step closer to ending its dependence on fossil fuels, which are driving the climate crisis.

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