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Flagstaff Non-Profit Native Renewables Awarded An $8-Million Grant For Solar Power Units For Navajo And Hopi Homes

Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk and Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren

A Flagstaff non-profit was awarded an eight-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Wednesday, with the goal of setting up 300 homes on the Navajo and Hopi reservations with solar power. Native Renewables was started by two native women in 2015, and has grown to 16 employees, 14 full time, who construct solar powered units and install them for families in areas of the two reservations that are without power and water. Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk and Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren held a roundtable discussion at one of the three Flagstaff warehouses Wednesday. Deputy Secretary Turk says this is just the start of what they can do for people on tribal reservations around the country. He says, “if you think about all the impact from this funding, and my hope is we can get more and more of this funding from Congress, we can do more of this work going forward.” Turk adds, “if you don’t have energy, you don’t have electricity, everyone needs it in today’s economy and today’s world so this is a big deal.” The Energy Department awarded more than $366-million for 17 projects across 20 states and 30 tribal nations and communities to accelerate clean energy deployment in rural and remote areas across the country.  For more information, log onto nativerenewables.org.

Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren talks about how the grant will make a big difference for people on both reservations.  Click here to watch.

Deputy Secretary David Turk talked with Dave and says this grant, and hopefully others, will change lives for people on both Navajo and Hopi reservations.  Click here to listen.

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