31 Jul '17, 7pm

The Navajo Nation is transitioning from coal to solar.

The Navajo Nation is transitioning from coal to solar. The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station is slated to close at the end of 2019, another victim of the boom in cheap natural gas . To fill the energy gap, the Navajo Nation has invested in clean-energy technology , specifically, the Kayenta Solar Project, a 27.3-megawatt farm in northeastern Arizona. The project will provide electricity to 7,700 homes on the 27,000 square-mile reservation, home to 200,000 people . Some of those houses will be getting power for the first time. The farm builds on a Navajo Tribal Utility Authority program, which began providing solar panel systems to residents without electricity in 1999. Currently, the Navajo Generating Station employs more than 700 people — more than 90 percent of whom are Native American. Losing those jobs could devastate the reservation, but developments like this sola...

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