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Tribally owned solar power plant beats skeptics, odds on Navajo Nation
by Sarabeth Henne
Cronkite News - Arizona PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) Translate This Article
15 August 2018
On 15 August 2018 Cronkite News - Arizona PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) reported:
Deenise Becenti remembers watching this summer as a woman in the Navajo Nation who had been waiting more than 20 years to get electricity in her home flipped the switch to turn on the lights for the first time. 'The day' was made possible by the Kayenta Solar Project, the first large-scale solar farm on the Navajo Nation and the largest tribally owned renewable power plant in the country. The 27.3-megawatt plant, which went on line last summer, now generates enough power for 18,000 homes on Navajo lands. But many thought the day might never come.
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When NTUA General Manager Walter Haase first proposed that the tribe build its own solar-generating plant, there were skeptics.
When Haase began his job at NTUA in 2008, there were about 18,000 homes without electricity. The utility was in the red. It had never owned its own generating facility. And Haase, who is not a member of the tribe, had to gain the trust of the Navajo people and their government.
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