The Native Power Initiative was started by New Energy Economy to help bring community-scale energy efficiency and renewable energy to Navajo and Pueblo communities in New Mexico. Its first solar project, in partnership with the Navajo Nation Crown Point Chapter, provides 100% of the electricity for the Crownpoint Chapter House, home to the political and social gatherings for the community. The project utilizes 16 panels on a tracker that follows the path of the sun. Native Power’s second partnership put a solar energy system on the Pueblo of Tesque’s Taytsugeh Oweengeh Intergenerational Center. Both projects save money on energy that can be used to meet other community needs, and they demonstrate how solar can replace coal and uranium, two energy sources that have brought environmental disasters to Native communities in the region.
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