Navajo Tribal Utility Authority®
NTUA Bringing Progress with Solar Development
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority has moved into the world of renewable energy development, which has placed the Navajo Nation as a leader in Indian Country with respect to renewable energy generation. This is a huge step forward - it’s the first time in Navajo history that the Navajo people are owners through NTUA of an energy generation facility operating on our homeland.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FIRST LARGE SCALE
UTILITY SOLAR FACILITY
In 2016 - 2019, NTUA built the first two large utility scale solar generating farms on the Navajo Nation known as Kayenta Solar I & II. Combined these two plants produce over 55 megawatts of emission free energy which generate enough electricity to serve approximately 36,000 Navajo homes. All the electricity produced by this facility stays on the Navajo Nation for the benefit of the Navajo people and provides electricity throughout the Nation.
The Kayenta I & II Solar facility is a renewable energy development showcase. The approximately 365 acre solar facility demonstrates that such development is viable within the Navajo Nation and further moves economic development related to renewable energy forward for the Navajo Nation.
RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ON
NAVAJO HAS A PURPOSE
The Navajo Nation was NEVER the owner and operator of the coal-fired power generation plants on the Navajo Nation: the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) and the Four Corners Power Plant (FCPP). As such, the Navajo Nation’s benefits were limited to lease payments, coal royalties and possible job opportunities. All the profits generated for the owners of and power generated by NGS or 4 Corners was used to power and build up communities and cities off the Navajo Nation.
None of the power generated was provided to the Navajo Nation to power our economy, homes or businesses. The owners of the Navajo Generating Station made the decision to shut down, the lease payments, coal royalties and more importantly the jobs will disappear. Now is the time for the Navajo Nation and its enterprises to take the lead and establish solutions that will provide long-term benefits for the Navajo Nation and its people. Now is the time for the Navajo people to become the owners and long-term decision makers of power generation, especially within their traditional homeland.
Navajo Tribal Utility Authority • P.O. Box 170, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504 • Phone: (928) 729-5721 • 1-800-528-5011 Copyright © 2020 NTUA - An Enterprise of the Navajo Nation