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Indian Canyon was recently awarded a grant of $14,800 from the Greenville Foundation for the installation of a 1320 watt photovoltaic (PV) solar system at the main cabin.   What will 1320 watts do?  It will make it a whole lot easier to see!  It will also make computer work and printing possible without turning on the generator!  And it will keep food cold!

The PV system will be installed in August 2003 by students in a week-long design and installation course offered by Debby Tewa, Hopi solar installer and by Solar Energy International (SEI).  The class is open to both Native and non-Native students, and no experience is necessary to participate.  Students will learn: the basics of electricity, solar site analysis, PV system components, and safety procedures prior to applying their new knowledge in the installation of the system.

We need your help to make this project happen! The Greenville Foundation grants pays for most of the hardware, and students in the course will provide the labor for the installation.  Here are some ways you can help bring light and power to Indian Canyon:

  • Enroll in the course. Course fees pay for expert instruction and project supervision and your labor will get the system mounted and wired up.  Course fees are $550/student.
  • Sponsor a full or partial scholarship for a low-income Native American to participate in the training.
  • Help support the training with donation of portable toilet rental, table and chair rental and A/V rental
  • Donate or solicit donations of
    • very efficient refrigerator, solar light tube, and washing machine, and Energy Star office equipment. Contact Vivian Gratton at  831-459-8942 for component specifications..
    • lumber and hardware to build a power shed for the batteries,  inverter,  and other components.
    •  lumber and other materials for solar ovens and display boards
    • skilled labor to drill hole in granite to install pole mountain for solar system
    • skilled labor to install electric wiring in the house
    • skilled labor to install solar light tube(s), insulation, etc
  • Help with publicity: Distribute flyers about the Charko Project Solar Training (electronically, or by mail, bulletin board.) Share with other organizations, tribes, news media, find good weblinks, etc.
  • Participate in summer weekend workshops to build power shed, solar ovens, display board and site preparation (translate to shovel and pick axe work).  For more information on the dates of the summer weekend workshop, contact Ann Marie Sayers at 831-637-4238.

A Friend of Indian Canyon built this website to raise awareness of the proposed Village House in Indian Canyon.  For further information contact Ann Marie Sayers, tribal chairperson, by email or phone at 831-637-4238.  For information about this website please contact webmaster. Privacy Policy
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