Solar panels bring electricity to those living off the grid in Navajo Nation
Nov. 16, 2017
Navajo Nation residents who have lived without power are looking to solar panels as a way to turn the lights on.
Vircynthia Charley, District Manager for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, estimates that connecting rural reservation homes to the power grid would cost more than $30,000, a price tag that has left thousands of residents in the dark.
But thanks to the rising affordability of solar power, homes off the grid are gaining access to electricity for the first time. It’s not a perfect solution, as solar panel users can’t use multiple appliances simultaneously or keep their lights on throughout the night, but Charley believes its a step in the right direction.