Get Solar Power For Their Homes

June 4, 2010

Native Americans To Get Solar Power For Their Homes Thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, 25 Navajo Nation homes will soon be powered by solar energy. The $500,000 grant will be used to build and install self-sustaining solar power systems for homes without power in remote areas of the Navajo Nation.

The grant was awarded to Sacred Power Corporation, which is a Native American owned renewable energy country. The homes are located approximately 100 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona.

The systems to be installed include solar panels, batteries, a 400 watt back up wind generator, or a 3.4 kilowatt propane powered generator. The systems will produce 800 watts. Each system will cost $20,000, but officials from Sacred Power Corporation say the cost of these systems will be less than connecting these homes to the existing power grid.

There are approximately 18,000 homes on the Navajo Nation that do not have electricity, so there will be many homes still without electricity when money from this particular grant runs out. With so much interest being placed on green energy, many average citizens who are interested in solar power for their homes are finding themselves in a similar situation. The high cost of implementing solar and wind power systems is a major deterrent for many people.