HAPPY CAMP, CA – The Karuk Tribe has completed the operational launch of a historic solar project, marking a significant stride towards sustainability and environmental stewardship in Happy Camp, CA. Following 18 months of efforts, the tribe’s vision has materialized with the establishment of a three-acre solar farm adjacent to their Rain Rock Casino, supported by a substantial Department of Energy (DOE) grant.
The tribe matched a nearly $2 million DOE grant, further reducing the its carbon footprint and embracing renewable energy solutions. Spearheaded by Chairman Russell “Buster” Attebery, the solar project stands as a testament to the tribe’s commitment to preserving the environment. The solar project aligns with the Karuk Tribe’s dedication to environmental sustainability.
“We are thrilled to announce the successful completion of our solar project, reflecting our steadfast commitment to sustainability and responsible energy practices,” said Chairman Russell “Buster” Attebery. “This endeavor underscores our resolve to forge a fully sustainable business model for the benefit of our tribe and future generations. By utilizing solar energy, we actively work towards decreasing dependence on conventional energy sources and minimizing our ecological footprint.”
The strategic positioning of the three-acre solar farm adjacent to the Rain Rock Casino represents a significant leap towards the tribe’s energy conservation goals. Projections reveal its potential to offset up to 90 percent of the casino’s and administration trailers’ current electrical usage, notably reducing their carbon footprint. Beyond this aim, the project seeks to bolster stability and reliability in accessing power for the surrounding rural areas.
Another portion of the project aims to benefit the wider community by significantly reducing electrical consumption at vital locations. This includes providing solar-powered energy to the tribe’s wellness center and the homes of 39 tribal elders in Yreka, Happy Camp, and Orleans.