Leech Lake Tribal College students work to install solar panels to assist low-income residents with their heating bills.

Leech Lake Tribal College students teamed up with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota to install a community solar garden to help residents as part of the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Students participating earned their solar installation licenses as part of the program. The photovoltaic panels they installed will generate approximately 235 megawatts of electricity a year. In cold northern Minnesota, this will help around 100 families get affordable power, helping them keep the heat and lights on during the long, cold northern Minnesota winters.

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