U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Solar Energy Technologies Program – News
Navajo Utility Installs 63 Solar and Wind Power Systems
June 9, 2004
The Navajo systems combine a solar panel and a small wind turbine mounted to a utility pole.
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) has installed 63 renewable
energy systems at remote homes throughout the Navajo Nation. SunWize
Technologies announced in May that it supplied 880-watt solar
photovoltaic power stations for the systems, which also incorporate
Southwest Windpower wind turbines and a battery bank. See the SunWize
Technologies press release (PDF 99 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.
NTUA is an enterprise of the Navajo Nation, providing power to homes
throughout the 25,000-square-mile Navajo reservation, which includes
northeastern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, and southeastern Utah.
Despite its extensive power grid, the NTUA estimates that 18,000 homes
in the Navajo Nation lack an electrical power connection. See the
NTUA Web site.