Join us in bringing power to the people of the Navajo Nation and honoring the sun.
The Black Mesa of the Navajo Nation has been home to native peoples for at least 7,000 years. The mesa has been strip-mined for coal by the Peabody Western Coal Company (PWCC) since the 1960s and has been the site of major controversy due to PWCC’s significant use of water from the Navajo Aquifer — the main source of potable drinking water for the Navajo and Hopi tribes. The Black Mesa has a thriving energy source for scalable solar installations to create savings and to promote solar power as an education and cultural preservation tool.
EBL is working with Navajo organizations and Navajo leaders, to scope projects at chapter houses (community centers) on the Nation. We started last year with a 6kW solar array with Tesla battery storage for the Forest Lake Chapter House in Pinon, Arizona. The system we installed provides savings and back-up reliability. We are working with Native Renewables to develop plans additional chapter houses and schools across the nation. The chapter houses host community meetings and provide services to elders and children. We’re also working with the community to highlight the story of the sun in art and culture, with an eye toward future generations.