The Seattle-based Alekson Native American Enterprises LLC (ANAE), a Native-owned company that represents renewable energy technologies from around the world, is taking advantage of the Middle East's thriving economy.
On December 16, the company showcased its green products and business initiatives at the Dubai Trade and Commerce Exhibition, an invitation-only exhibit, sponsored by the U.S.A. Regional Trade Center (USARTC). The new center and exhibit are intended to facilitate trade and commerce between U.S. businesses and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) regional market. "We see an enormous opportunity for U.S. companies to enter sectors that have not seen that much U.S. activity," said His Excellency Michael Corbin, U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
ANAE, which was officially incorporated in January 2012, is owned by Jennifer L. Alekson, a member of the Citizen Band of the Potawatomi Nation, and Chester P. Soliz, who sits on the economic development committee of his tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoag from Cape Cod, and their partners. Soliz has also educated and integrated his three daughters, April, Allyson and Jacquelyn Soliz, into ANAE’s business platforms—something he credits to his mother "Blue Bird," a Tribal Matriarch, for teaching him "how essential it is for young women to be involved and business savvy."
"We are still in our start-up stage and are seeking investors for working capital to market and advance sales of the technologies we have under contract exclusively for Indian country and in some cases available for world-wide distribution," Jim Alekson, CEO of ANAE and Jennifer’s husband, wrote in an email to Indian Country Today Media Network.
Alekson Development Group has been in business for more than 30 years, previously focused on ground-up mixed use real estate development in the greater Seattle Region. "The downturn in the economy (lack of available funding for new ground-up real estate projects) opened the door to a new direction for our company and we chose renewable/sustainable energy technologies as our next focus," Alekson said.
All the technologies ANAE exhibited in Dubai have been commercialized and have years of field-proven success. They include Sachem Hi-Energy Wood Pellets, a substitute for thermal coal, and AIRE-FOIL vertical-axis wind turbines.
“Electrical energy rates are on the increase in the MENA Region (especially Dubai) as they are around the world, and there is an excellent opportunity for the AIRE-FOIL Vertical Axis Wind Turbine to help offset the cost of electricity for individual homes,” Alekson said.
Other products include ECO-LOGIC LED Smart Lighting Systems, such as 50,000 hour certified lamps for commercial buildings, streets and stadiums; and Farm-of-the-Future hydroponic food-crop cultivation systems that generate significant pesticide-free crop yields with low water in a computer-controlled growing environment.
“Dubai imports virtually all of its food, and therefore, there is a need for the country to become food self-sufficient,” Alekson said.
At the Dubai exhibit, ANAE additionally promoted its CASTAGRA industrial coating product, which “is ideal for preventing metal pipe corrosion in the oil and gas industries,” Alekson said.