With funding from the Department of Energy and the Tribal Energy Program and the help of Pinoleville Pomo Nation staff and our partnership with the California Berkeley Community Assessment of Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES) program, the PPN successfully installed a 60 foot anemometer. With the aid of the anemometer, the Pinoleville Pomo Nation was able to measure wind speed within the “Ya-Mo Bida” aka “wind hole” along the reservation. Using the data collected, we were able to calculate the feasibility of using wind power as a source of renewable energy within our community. This is one of the four areas of focus for the PPN’s Energy Feasibility study via funding from the Department of Energy.
Photo Credits: Dr. Ryan Shelby