"Get People Moving"

Season 2 • Episode 3

Jul. 23, 2021

What can American’s energy future look like with the country’s 573 Tribal Nations taking a leadership role in renewable energy? We sat down with Robert Blake to find out.

Robert Blake is a tribal citizen of the Red Lake Nation with a passion in spreading the word about the value of renewable energy through communication, cooperation, and collaboration. Blake is the owner of Solar Bear, pronounced Gizis-o-makwa in Ojibwe, a solar installation company, as well as the Executive Director of the Non-Profit Native Sun Community Power Development, both located in Minneapolis. Robert is a graduate student enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s Carlson Executive Master of Business Administration (CEMBA) program. 


Nick Hylla, MREA Executive Director
Amanda Schienebeck, MREA Program Manager


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I’m not that guy that’s like you’re going to steal my idea…

I don’t care. Take my ideas. Take everything that I’ve got, because I’m going to keep on building solar, I’m going to keep on moving forward, I’m going to keep on pushing policy, I’m going to keep on doing what I’m doing.

-Robert Blake


On Sunday, September 26, 2021, RENEW Wisconsin will host their Ride with RENEW bike ride fundraiser in Madison, WI. This annual bike tour will highlight some of Wisconsin’s leading renewable energy installations with all event proceeds supporting RENEW Wisconsin’s ongoing work to protect and defend renewable energy in Wisconsin. Learn more and register at renewwisconsin.org/ridewithrenew.

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