We are taking a program development approach that is being led by Leech Lake Financial Services. Leech Lake Financial Services is a U.S. Treasury Department certified Native Community Development Financial Institution (NCDFI) serving a program area within a radius of 25 miles around the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation and the City of Cass Lake, MN..
During the past two years Leech Lake Financial Services has been identifying and working with individuals and entities who have significant contributions to make to developing a new paradigm for integrated reservation-wide development that has sustainable, affordable and energy efficient housing as one of the key factors.
We are participating in the commissioning and implementation of 200 Kwh of solar power for low income families. The first 40 Kwh solar garden was constructed at the Prescott Housing Site providing credits to 26 homes and the final 160 Kwh will be installed on tribal government buildings..
The program development we are undertaking will explore the feasibility and potential for deploying a mini-grid system across the entire reservation. To assist us in this effort we have assembled a team of 26 members composed of Tribal, city and state government agencies, financial institutions, energy and construction compnaies and housing experts.