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IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

Strategically Situated Tribal Lands at the Heart of the American Sunbelt Hold Crucial Market Advantages; Prudent Development Strategies Will Benefit, Protect, and Profit Local People

Jan. 3, 2017 — Locally owned utility-scale solar electricity generation offers Navajo communities an immediate generational economic-development opportunity, concludes a research brief published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and DinéHózhó. The report— “Window of Opportunity: Navajo Solar—A Fast-Track Community-Driven Development Approach” — details how transformative changes in the U.S. electric utility […]

December 22, 2017 Read More →

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BNEF: Solar plus storage nearing price parity with gas

Bloomberg: Natural gas-fired power plants will be facing more price competition from solar farms in some parts of the U.S. as falling battery costs make it possible to deliver electricity produced from sunshine even after dark. Solar projects that incorporate storage are becoming cheaper to build per megawatt-hour in parts of the U.S. Southwest than […]

September 18, 2018 Read More →

Navajo Nation begins work on second phase of Kayenta Solar project

KTAR News: A solar facility in Navajo Nation is expected to double the number of homes it can provide renewable energy to over the next year. Navajo Nation broke ground on the second phase of an expansion project that will provide a 28-megawatt addition to the Kayenta Solar generation facility in northeastern Arizona. Under the […]

August 27, 2018 Read More →

Peabody Consultant Says Navajo Plant May Have A Buyer

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A consultant retained by Peabody Energy Corp. told a U.S. congressional committee that the Navajo Generating Station has the potential to continue to supply power at competitive prices well into the future and a potential buyer is interested. An unnamed investor and operating company have been identified that could keep the plant open, said […]

April 13, 2018 Read More →

Op-Ed: With Power Plant Closure, Navajo Nation Must Seek a Better Future

Arizona Capital Times: I keep expecting to see leadership actively involving communities that have been impacted by the coal mining and the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) power plant. But there is a disturbing silence from Navajo leadership. As a coal company, Peabody won’t face facts that the market for its product is ending. Wealthy executives […]

February 23, 2018 Read More →
IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

IEEFA Arizona: Fast-Track Opportunities Now in Navajo Community-Driven Solar Electricity Generation

Strategically Situated Tribal Lands at the Heart of the American Sunbelt Hold Crucial Market Advantages; Prudent Development Strategies Will Benefit, Protect, and Profit Local People

Jan. 3, 2017 — Locally owned utility-scale solar electricity generation offers Navajo communities an immediate generational economic-development opportunity, concludes a research brief published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and DinéHózhó. The report— “Window of Opportunity: Navajo Solar—A Fast-Track Community-Driven Development Approach” — details how transformative changes in the U.S. electric utility […]

December 22, 2017 Read More →

White House ‘Throws Weight’ Behind Failing Arizona Coal Plant

ThinkProgress.org: Even while experts conclude the Navajo Generating Station, a 43-year-old coal plant in northern Arizona, is an economic albatross, the Trump administration is pushing to keep it running. Tired of losing money on the facility, the plant’s owners voted in February to close the Navajo Generating Station when their 50-year lease with the Navajo […]

October 26, 2017 Read More →

Imminent Closure of Arizona Plant Portends an ‘Existential’ Moment for Navajo

Bloomberg News: In February, NGS’s controlling shareholder, a public utility called Salt River Project, announced that it would shut down the power plant beginning at the end of this year, another casualty of the surge in cheap natural gas. Without the power plant to buy its coal, the mine will be forced to shut down, […]

October 13, 2017 Read More →

Peabody’s Search for Buyer for Navajo Coal Plant Stalls

Associated Press: A coal mining company looking to save the Arizona power plant it feeds from closure says it’s making progress in the search for new owners. But few details came with a deadline Sunday to identify potential buyers for the Navajo Generating Station near Page. Peabody Energy spokeswoman Beth Sutton said Monday that private […]

October 3, 2017 Read More →

Still Seeking Buyer for Failing Arizona Coal Plant, Owners Are Running Out of Time

Associated Press: A coal-fired power plant in far northern Arizona is set to shut down in 2019 unless a new owner can be found. The deadline for interested buyers is Sunday. The operator of the 2,250-megawatt Navajo Generating Station, the Salt River Project, says the deadline will determine whether to maintain the plant for long-term […]

September 29, 2017 Read More →

13,000-Home Kayenta Solar Project Comes Online as Closure Looms for Navajo Coal Power Plant

Associated Press: A giant array of solar panels near the famed sandstone buttes of Monument Valley has begun producing electricity for the Navajo Nation at a time when the tribe is bracing for the loss of hundreds of jobs from the impending closure of a nearby coal-fired power plant. The Kayenta Solar Facility is the […]

August 29, 2017 Read More →