Navajo Tribal Utility Authority®
Now Accepting Applications for
Light Up Navajo V
Ya’aa’teeh. Thank you for your interest in Light Up Navajo V, a mutual-aid program to extend electricity to homes without. You can get the process started by filling out a basic inquiry form - click here.
NTUA will follow-up with an email to you and the respective District Office. A Customer Care Agent will contact you and explain the application process. You can also stop by your local NTUA District office to submit a formal application. Here’s a link to the document listing what information and forms will be required – click here.
Should you have relatives, friends, or community members who do not have electricity - encourage them to apply for Light Up Navajo V.
2023 LIGHT UP NAVAJO IV ENDS WITH 159 HOMES CONNECTED
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) brought to a close the 2023 Light Up Navajo IV (LUN IV) mutual aid initiative. This year there are 26 electric utility companies from 15 states that will participate in LUN IV, beginning April 2nd and ending June 30th.
Approximately 176 electric line workers traveled to the Navajo Nation to help connect as many homes as possible to the electric grid. The line workers represent utilities located in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, Texas, and Wisconsin. The visiting crew members were dispatched to different communities to work alongside NTUA electric crews.
In 2022, 14 utility companies from 10 states sent their electric crews to be part of Light Up Navajo III and extended electric power to 137 homes.
Light Up Navajo was created from a unique partnership between NTUA and the American Public Power Association (APPA). APPA has a mutual aid program that sends electric crews to areas hit by natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes. When those events take place, utility companies would send crews to those regions to assist with power restoration.
The concept was presented to members of the APPA nationwide. Light Up Navajo also gained the support of non-APPA utilities, such as the Public Service Company of New Mexico and Arizona Public Service. In 2023, there were rural cooperative utility companies that joined the effort this year.
“Outside utilities heard about our challenges and were inspired to be a part of this meaningful, life changing project because they understand that the dreams of wanting electricity do remain prevalent,” said NTUA General Manager Walter Haase. “Our work is far from over and with the help of the visiting line workers, we will provide families the basic modern conveniences made possible by electricity, such as lighting, heating, air conditioning, and refrigerated food.”
“With electricity the families can also prepare for water and broadband services,” Haase said. “Electric connection does ease the burden for so many families, and that’s our ultimate goal – to help make life easier.”
NTUA is currently planning for 2024 Light Up Navajo V. The initiative will begin in April 2024 and end in July 2024.
Voices from the Field
Electric line workers from throughout the United States have traveled to the Navajo Nation to help connect the homes of Navajo families to the electric grid. The Light Up Navajo project not only made a positive life changing impact on families, but it also provided a powerful impression on the lineworkers. This video shares their thoughts. NTUA thanks these line workers for volunteering to help our families.
In 2019 the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority partnered with the American Public Power Association (APPA) to create an innovative, pioneering project called Light Up Navajo. The goal was to connect Navajo homes to the electric grid. There were 138 visiting lineworkers who traveled to Navajo Nation – for the six week pilot project. Electricity was extended to 233 regional families. The success of the pilot project has paved a path for future Light Up Navajo projects. Click here to see what the 2019 Light Up Navajo project was all about.
2019 PILOT PROJECT SUCCESSFUL
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