Bad River solar

Daniel Wiggins Jr., air quality technician, stands outside the Bad River Tribe’s Health and Wellness Center Monday in Odanah. The center will be one of three buildings that will be partly powered by solar panels after the tribe completes a $2 million renewable energy project next year.

 The flood of 2016 that decimated roads and bridges in the Northwoods also washed away confidence that vital services could continue to operate in the face of extended power outages.

The realization that the grid could go down long-term struck close to home on the Bad River Band’s reservation to the east of Ashland, where critical infrastructure failed to function after the flood. As a result, the tribal community decided it was time to hatch an emergency preparedness plan, part of which revolved around forging ahead with an onsite renewable energy and storage system.

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