U.S. Secretary of Energy Visits Navajo Nation – Native News Online

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By Jenna Kunze

April 14, 2022

Today U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visited Navajo Nation to discuss the nation’s future in renewable energy. Granholm was joined by Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) and Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez in Kayeta, Arizona, where their conversation centered on the Nation’s recent $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Energy Department to construct a solar microgrid and battery storage to provide clean electricity for 24 tribal homes.  U.S. Office of Indian Energy Director Wahleah Johns, a member of the Navajo Nation, Council Delegates Nathaniel Brown, Jimmy Yellowhair, and Amber Kanazbah Crotty, and Black Mesa resident and Executive Director of the Tó Nizhóní Ání non-profit organization, were also part of the discussion.  Never miss Indian Country’s biggest stories and breaking news. Sign up to get our reporting sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning. “Through the hard work of the Kayenta community, 24 Navajo families will have clean electricity in their homes for the very first time. This is a remarkable achievement thanks to the collaboration of the Navajo Nation and the Biden-Harris Administration,” Nez said in a statement. “This very productive dialogue also included perspectives and input from the grassroots level.” Granholm also visited the Kayenta Solar facility that provides over 55-megawatts of solar energy that electrifies approximately 36,000 homes on the Navajo Nation, in addition to the 24 homes in Kayenta that will benefit from the clean electricity project. The project’s total cost is estimated to be $2.8 million, with additional funding from the Navajo Nation. Since taking office, Nez along with Vice President Myron Lizer have supported additional solar facility developments in the communities of Cameron, Red Mesa, and Huerfano to build the Navajo Nation’s cleaner energy portfolio.More Stories Like ThisReporter’s Notebook from: Society of Environmental Journali …

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