Navajo Nation breaks ground on 28-MW solar project
Kayenta I Solar Facility. Source: Salt River Project
Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) and Arizona public power utility Salt River Project (SRP) have broken ground on a 28-MW solar project, the latter said on Monday.
Via the project, Kayenta II, NTUA and its subsidiary NTUA Generation Inc, are expanding the existing 27.3-MW Kayenta solar facility, which is currently providing electricity to Navajo communities served by NTUA. When the second phase is online by June next year, the combined solar farm will generate enough power for some 36,000 homes, according to the announcement.
SRP said Kayenta II serves ас a platform for a collaboration with NTUA to develop up to 500 MW of renewable energy projects within the Navajo Nation over the next 5-10 years. The partnership will see SRP, a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility, provide technical support in the development of interconnection facilities, as well as procurement and financing expertise.
Proceeds from the Kayenta and future renewable projects will help support the Light up the Navajo Nation programme.