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Jan11

Plateau Solar Project Brings Solar Power To Native Elders” – Navajo Hopi Observer

Special to the Observer

LEUPP, Ariz. — Nowhere in America are there more people without electricity than on tribal lands. Despite the fact that the Navajo and Hopi tribes are major electricity producers for the entire Southwest, nearly 20,000 rural Navajo homes do not have electricity or basic human services. Moreover, a significant number of these homes are occupied by underprivileged elders with health issues or disabilities. read more

Special to the Observer LEUPP, Ariz. -- Nowhere in America are there more people without electricity than on tribal lands. Despite the fact that the Navajo and Hopi tribes are major electricity producers for the entire Southwest, nearly 20,000 rural Navajo homes do not have electricity or basic human services. Moreover, a significant number of these homes are occupied by underprivileged elders with health issues or disabilities. For over 40 years, approximately 8,000 Navajo residents in the Former Bennett Freeze area of the Western Navajo Nation were prevented from building new homes, improving roads and infrastructure or even repairing roofs or windows on their existing homes. These federal restrictions subjected thousands of Navajos to incomprehensible poverty rarely seen in modern times. In response to this energy crisis, Navajo non-profit IINA Solutions and international solar specialist Mark Snyder Electric and Global Solar Water Power Systems established the Plateau Solar Project to bring solar electricity to rural Native elders and priority need residents in northern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico. With funds from Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) and Grand Canyon Trust, Phase One of the Project will commence tomorrow evening with a 2 kilowatt solar installation at the home of Paula Curtis. Curtis, a single parent with six children lives in the rural Canyon Diablo area of Leupp Chapter and is one of two underprivileged Navajo residents who qualified for a demonstration solar unit fully funded by REIF. The project takes an uncompromising approach to its solar installation program. “Our field assessment demonstrated the need for conscientious solar installation practices in Indian country, more so for unschooled elders living in rural areas. Paramount concerns in designing a robust solar system with a potential lifespan of 25 years include complying with safety principles even though the tribe has no safety and installation standards, proper wiring and re-wiring, training, regular maintenance, integrating sanitation features, and sustainable job creation,” said Elsa Johnson, Director of IINA Solutions. To protect the solar units from harsh elements of the region, Mark Snyder Electric designed the Enertopia Multi-Purpose Utility Structure (EMPUS), patent pending. This insulated, climate-controlled structure will store a domestic water tank, solar batteries, and 2kw of solar PV electric with room for solar thermal and solar hot air space heating designed to reduce the amount of wood needed for home heating in the winter. This will also, provide year-round hot water for domestic needs including a composting toilet, sink and shower and water catchment. The solar heating systems have a special ultra-low power wall heater providing space heating with water and hot air. The EMPUS is a solar device itself acting as a heating and cooling module with the home. Each elder will be trained on proper use and care of their system. MidNite Solar invented a charge controller with Navajo voice-over for monitoring and alerting maintenance personnel. Two well-insulated ducts connect the self-contained EMPUS to the home of the elder. Phase Two of Project includes installations for 100 off grid elders with potential partial USDA Rural Development funds, a sustainable training and jobs program in addition to a solar maintenance program. It will also utilize the assistance of local high schools. With a limited license, thirteen EMPUS buildings will be constructed by the Tuba City High School carpentry students as a part of the spring curriculum. Another aspect will include a home weatherization program. Mark Snyder, owner of Mark Snyder Electric said, “The Plateau Solar Project is very important and will bring essential electrical, water and sanitation services to off grid Native Americans who have been ignored for far too long.” IINA Solutions will continue to seek project funds and expand its outreach throughout the rest of Western Navajo and the Colorado Plateau for eligible no-or-low income elders. IINA Solutions is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to help improve the quality of life (iina) for rural Navajos challenged by all forms of uranium contamination, and bring commerce to Dine’ bekeyah (Navajo land) through sustainable and holistic solutions.
Jan01

Lighting Ceremony With President Ben Shelley

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelley and First Lady Martha Shelley attend official lighting ceremony. “I support the good partnership IINA has with Mr. Snyder. I will support IINA Solutions. Let’s continue to move forward with this,” President Shelly said. “Together with the 22nd Navajo Nation Council, we will continue helping the Navajo people with solar energy.”

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelley and First Lady Martha Shelley attend official lighting ceremony. “I support the good partnership IINA has with Mr. Snyder. I will support IINA Solutions. Let’s continue to move forward with this,” President Shelly said. “Together with the 22nd Navajo Nation Council, we will continue helping the Navajo people with solar energy.”
Jan17

Council delegates Joshua Lavar Butler, Walter Phelps attend Plateau Solar Project lighting ceremony in Canyon Diablo

CANYON DIABLO, Ariz. — A blessing was in
store for Paula Curtis, who for the first time
received electricity to illuminate her home. On
Sunday, Ms. Curtis’ home connected to a two
kilowatt solar unit, which
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Snyder of Electric Solar Water Power Systems.

“I never thought this would happen to me,” said
Ms. Curtis, a single mother with six children.
“This all started with an application and now I
have all these people her
v
able to do many things.”
Navajo non-profit IINA Solutions and
international solar specialist Mr. Snyder worked
jointly to establish the Plateau Solar Project in an effort to bring solar electricity to rural elders and priority
need to residents of northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico. The two kilowatt solar unit,
funded by the Renewable Energy Investment Fund and Grand Canyon Trust, will provide the Curtis
with potable drinking water,
Left to Right: Honorable Walter Phelps, Paula Curtis and Honorable
Joshua Lavar Butler pose for a picture in front of Ms. Curtis’ house, which
was connected to a two kilowatt solar unit (Photo by Laphillda Tso).
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Solutions and Mr. Snyder. read more

CANYON DIABLO, Ariz. — A blessing was in store for Paula Curtis, who for the first time received electricity to illuminate her home. On Sunday, Ms. Curtis’ home connected to a two kilowatt solar unit, which th Snyder of Electric Solar Water Power Systems. “I never thought this would happen to me,” said Ms. Curtis, a single mother with six children. “This all started with an application and now I have all these people her v able to do many things.” Navajo non-profit IINA Solutions and international solar specialist Mr. Snyder worked jointly to establish the Plateau Solar Project in an effort to bring solar electricity to rural elders and priority need to residents of northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico. The two kilowatt solar unit, funded by the Renewable Energy Investment Fund and Grand Canyon Trust, will provide the Curtis with potable drinking water, Left to Right: Honorable Walter Phelps, Paula Curtis and Honorable Joshua Lavar Butler pose for a picture in front of Ms. Curtis’ house, which was connected to a two kilowatt solar unit (Photo by Laphillda Tso). co Solutions and Mr. Snyder. “With funds from the REIF and the Grand Canyon Trust, phase one of the Plateau Solar Project commences with a 2 Kilowatt solar installation at the home of Paula Curtis,” said Elsa Johnson, director for IIN Freeze area. To date, 27 elders have been approved to receive electricity from the project. The celebration began with a prayer to bless the Curtis homestead, which followed-up with presentations by Wahleah Johns of the Navajo Green Economy Commission and Roge o Mesa Water Coalition provided dinner for the 80 people who attended. Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly, First Lady M Lake, Birdsprings) were among the attendees. Page 2/Tso/ Council delegates Joshua Lavar Butler, Walter Phelps attend Plateau Solar Project lighting ceremony in Diablo Canyon The solar energy system the Curtis family received is regulated with a thermostat, which allows for users to set a comfortable temperature at any time of the day. The solar system is ideal for the Navajo Nation’s climate, with over 300 days of sunlight a year. Mr. Snyder said solar energy could possibly replace power lants on the Navajo Nation, including the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Ariz. and the Four Corners r t. President Shelly, let us help you make the Navajo Nation become a role model for ratitude and expressed unity between the legislative and aid with cooperation between the Council and president, we can certainly accomplish many s. The Phelps. “This will bring a coordinated and ving our nation.” h s north of her residence, Ms. Curtis said she will service. Now, we will hav -morep Power Plant near Farmington, N.M. “The winds, cold weather, dust and hot weather are an issue, but we created a very air tight building that has hot air panels on the outside. They heat the building up to a temperature of 80 to 85 degrees,” said Mr. Snyder. “We modified the water tank so that it remains half full. It heats up the water at night. The new sola device heats the house, reducing the need for fire wood. It is also capable of cooling the house during the summertime. These systems will survive 125 mph winds. This is third generation solar energy. They are 300 percent more effective than the first generation. The system is designed to produce 360 gallons of hot water per day. All the water that goes into our systems is clean water.” “The system will communicate with the elders in the Navajo language, and telling them what buttons to push for the system’s operation,” added Johnson. “I hope the Navajo Nation will be an example for other nations with this projec green development.” Honorable Butler and Phelps offered words of g executive branches to complete such projects. “I congratulate the Curtis family and I am grateful for the partnerships that made this project possible,” s Honorable Joshua Lavar Butler. “There is absolutely no doubt our rural of rural Navajo people need assistance and they greatly benefit from these types of projects. I am thankful our Navajo president is green-minded and projects like this.” Mr. Butler’s district of To Nanees Dizi comprises a large area of the former Bennett Freeze Area. He was instrumental in initiating the Navajo Green Jobs legislation and the establishment of the Navajo Green Jobs Economy Commission, while he was a staff assistant with the last administration. “This wonderful project is an example of what can be done by multiple organizations and partnership Navajo Nation government working together with non-profit organizations is a strategic approach to addressing the needs of our people,” added Honorable collaborative approach to impro President Ben Shelly agreed. “I support the good partnership IINA has with Mr. Snyder. I am will support IINA. Let’s continue to move forward wit this,” President Shelly said. “Maybe we can find $1 million to invest in this company. Together with the 22nd Navajo Nation Council, we will continue helping the Navajo people with solar energy.” With the nearest electricity line approximately eight mile finally experience the benefits of having electricity. “We have never had electricity here until now. I have been told that we could not get electricity because of the rocky terrain,” Ms. Curtis said. “I appreciate all of this work and very privileged to be the first to get this e internet, which my children are excited about.” Page 3/Tso/ Council delegates Joshua Lavar Butler, Walter Phelps attend Plateau Solar Project lighting ceremony in Diablo Canyon She thanked Mr. Snyder, Ms. Johnson, Victor Gomez, and Jeremy Fredenberg for their contributions. Mr. Gomez and Mr. Fredenberg are two volunteers from San Diego, who assisted with setting up the solar rrance & Cleveland, Clara Tsosie, ### system. Acknowledgements were also made to the Renewable Energy Investment Fund Committee, Interline Matrix, Solar Roofs, MidNite Solar, Day Four, Enertopia, P2000, Marshall Johnson of Toh Nizhoni Ani, Nichole Alex of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, Leonard Nelson, Te American Battery Company, Rick Yoerg and Danny Begay https://www.navajo-nsn.gov/News%20Releases/NNCouncil/Jan11/11710_CouncilDelegatesJoshuaLavarButlerWalterPhelpsAttendPlateauSolarProjectLightingCeremonyInDiabloCanyon.pdf
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