IINA Solutions,a Navajo non-profit, created the Plateau Solar Project to bring solar energy to elders living in remote areas of the Navajo Nation that are currently without electricity or running water. The Project builds off-grid solar systems for individual homes providing hot water and heating. Components include a water tank, 16 solar batteries, 2 kW solar PV electricity, solar thermal and hot air space heating and hot water heater. Phase 2 of the project would add compostable toilets and solar powered showers. With the assistance of USDA rural development funds, other grants and a solar contractor who volunteered his labor,the project has installed 37 systems. Transitioning the more than 18,000 Navajo homes that do not have electricity from kerosene to solar electricity would save them money, make the air cleaner and enhance the wellbeing of the community.
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