More than 562 federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, nations, pueblos, rancherias, communities and Native American villages are in the United States, with many indigenous peoples living near reservations or within tight-knit urban communities. Like anywhere else, these communities have homes, schools, health care facilities, business enterprises, restaurants, shops and more — many of which require upgrades and enhancements to existing technology and building materials.
Energy technology upgrades present a prime opportunity to address existing efficiency, environmental and operational cost concerns while simultaneously supporting the ongoing issue of how to catalyze economic growth for Native American reservations. LED lighting retrofits, in particular, present an intriguing opportunity. Although they are not mandated on tribal lands, requirements for federal facilities have spotlighted this opportunity.