U.S. Department of Energy

    Navajo Utility Installs 63 Solar and Wind Power Systems

    June 9, 2004

    Photo of solar panel and wind turbine.

    The Navajo systems combine a solar panel and a small wind turbine mounted to a utility pole.
    Credit: SunWize

    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.