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Kayenta Solar Project

03.08.19

Construction is underway for another section of the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority Kayenta Solar Project. NTUA and its wholly-owned subsidiary NTUA Generation, Inc., is expanding the Kayenta Solar facility.

Swinerton Renewable Energy is the contractor and has been guiding the initial workforce since December 3rd. In January the workforce had 40 employees who were hired early to make preparations for an increase to workforce in February. The construction must be operational by June 2019.

At the height of construction for Kayenta One, close to 284 people of whom 85% were of Navajo descent, worked on the project. Navajo workers were paid $5.2M as a result of Kayenta One. Overall, $15.6 million in economic activity were contributed to the Kayenta region during the six-month construction.

"Kayenta One was our showcase to demonstrate that the Navajo Nation is ready for large scale renewable energy production. Kayenta Two pushes that showcase forward," said NTUA General Manager Walter Haase. "We anticipate the same success with Kayenta Two."

"We calculated that construction is expected to generate $2.2 million in taxes to the Navajo Nation," Haase said. "The project promises a winning combination - more jobs, taxes to the Navajo Nation, and boosting local economic activity."

In addition to jobs and revenue, the proceeds from the Kayenta projects and future renewable projects will help pave the way for Light Up Navajo, a joint project between the NTUA and the Arizona Public Power Association dedicated to the electrification of homes on the Navajo Nation and creation of a better future for local communities.

"Extending electricity to homes without power has always been our goal as well as our challenge," said Haase. "Kayenta Two is a catalyst in that direction and will help us to improve the standard of living for many Navajo families."

Currently the 27.3 megawatt Kayenta Solar Project (Kayenta I) provides electricity to Navajo communities served by NTUA. All power generated from the facility remains in the Navajo Nation, generating power for an estimated 18,000 homes.

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