Black Rock Solar and Washoe Tribe Team Up for Seven New Solar Installations


The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California is no stranger to solar. In 2011, the tribe worked with Black Rock Solar on four projects totaling 113 kW.  Now they are working together again. This time, Black Rock Solar and the Washoe Tribe are partnering on seven installations that will provide 158 additional kW of solar. These projects are an extension of the mission of both entities. As the Record-Courier reports, the Washoe Tribe has a “commitment to live sustainably with the environment.” Additionally, part of Black Rock Solar’s mission is to work with rural and tribal clients.

The tribe has received a $470,000 grant from the Department of Energy as well as rebates from NV Energy to fund the installations. The projects are expected to save $25,000 in annual energy costs.

The sites are:

  • Stewart Family Wellness Center
  • Dresslerville Community Center
  • Dresslerville Senior Center
  • Dresslerville Healing Center
  • Dresslerville Head Start
  • Carson One Stop
  • Carson Gym

“The solar project will provide installation of seven photovoltaic arrays for Tribal buildings,” said Tribe Chairman Neil Mortimer. “This will provide a means to reduce the energy costs for the Tribe and reduce our carbon footprint. The Washoe Tribe is grateful for the continued partnership and great track record we’ve had with Black Rock Solar.”

Several tribes have been installing solar on their lands in recent years, in both utility-scale projects and smaller, locally focused projects like this one.

“As a nonprofit with a mission to help schools, tribes and other nonprofits save money through building clean energy, Black Rock Solar is delighted to be working with The Washoe Tribe again,” said Black Rock Solar Executive Director Paddy McCully. “We’re pleased to see The Tribe use clean energy technology to maintain its heritage of caring for the environment.”