Tribes power up

Tribes power up

Clean energy potential on reservations could be a game-changer for tribes and nation
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Southwest Tribal Energy Consortium members tour an Arizona Public Service Solar Thermal Facility. Native American tribes around the country are developing traditional and renewable energy sources, and some advocates say they are playing an integral role in building America’s energy future.
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Meteorological towers, such as this Laguna Pueblo meteorological tower installation on Seama Mesa, are used to monitor weather conditions around energy production facilities so that steps can be taken to protect equipment.
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This hybrid solar-wind system, developed by the Sacred Power Corp., helps power the home of Monica and Nathanial Johnson on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. Before it was installed, residents of the home had lived without electricity for decades.
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Energy source development

Energy today and in the future is likely to come from numerous sources. Efforts to develop those sources are under way in Indian Country and on private land, and hundreds of thousands of jobs are likely to be created over the next decade by the...

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