Navajo Tribal Utility Authority®
#LIGHTUPNAVAJO III – A Project to fulfill the Hopes for Electric Connection Continues
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) is preparing to welcome to the Navajo Nation sister utility companies to participate in the Light Up Navajo III (LUN III) initiative, a mutual aid project that extends service to Navajo homes without electricity.
The LUN III initiative is set to begin April 3, 2022, and last for 11 weeks. The goal is to connect 300 families’ homes to the electric grid for the first time. The American Public Power Association (APPA) is also lending support to organize the event.
Beginning in April 2022, utility companies and organizations from 10 states, including Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, California, Connecticut, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Washington D.C. There will be up to four crews working each week at different locations throughout the Navajo Nation.
First executed in 2019, the LUN project represents an unprecedented partnership between a tribal utility company and the American Public Power Association (APPA), the service organization for more than 2,000 community-owned electric utility companies in the United States.
In 2020 the Coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the Light Up Navajo II (LUN II) project. The suspension was not an easy decision for NTUA, knowing there were families waiting years for electricity. There were 48 utility companies from 15 states that had signed up for the project. Although the project was canceled for the health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved, preparation resulted in NTUA acquiring the necessary clearances and making 330 projects construction ready.
In August 2020, NTUA received funds from the Navajo Nation through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and connected 330 Navajo homes initially identified and prepared for shovel-ready status through LUN II. Overall, 737 families received electricity through the CARES Act funding in 2020.
In 2021, NTUA spent most of the year preparing for LUN III, working with the Navajo Nation Land Department and with the families requesting electric service. NTUA had to secure Rights of Way, land clearances, permits and wire homes so that they will be ready to have their homes ready to be connected to the electric grid.
Since 2019, Light Up Navajo families have been experiencing an improved quality of life, enjoying modern conveniences like refrigerated food, heating, air conditioning, and lights. Life has moved forward without kerosene lamps, candles, flashlights, ice chests, and wood or coal for cooking and heating purposes.
Beginning in April, NTUA will be welcoming utility companies and organizations from 11 states, including Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, California, Connecticut, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Washington, Texas, Utah, and Washington D.C. There will be up to four crews working each week at different locations throughout the Navajo Nation.
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.
Ya’aa’teeh. Thank you for your interest in Light Up Navajo III. You can get the process started by filling out a basic form - click here. We will follow-up with an email to you and the respective District Office. A Customer Care Agent will contact you and explain the process. You could also stop by your local NTUA District office to submit a formal application. The project will require a home-site lease. If you have one, please bring it with you. If not, the Customer Service Agent will explain how to get one. Should you have relatives, friends, or community members who do not have electricity - encourage them to apply for Light Up Navajo III.
2019 PILOT PROJECT SUCCESSFUL
Light Up Navajo will ease the Burden for many Families
Imagine life without electricity. Without television, without computers, tablets or cell phones. Picture life where refrigerators don’t exist because there is no electric power. For approximately 15,000 families on the Navajo Nation this is reality. The Light Up Navajo project will help to change that for families throughout the region. The 2019 pilot project inspired nationwide participation. We are thankful we have help from those who want to be a part of this meaningful, life-changing project called Light Up Navajo!
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