By Eric Jay Toll for The Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Eight Arizona Indian tribes are splitting $1.3M from the Arizona Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) for renewable energy systems in their communities. Wind and solar facilities for schools in Leupp and Kayenta, solar power for an assisted-living facility in Moenkopi and solar panels for a housing project in Peach Springs are the winning projects.
Managed by Salt River Project, Tucson Electric Power and the Grand Canyon Trust, REIF oversees $5M in funds following the 2009 expansion of the Springerville Generating Station. The money supports projects reducing pollution and benefiting Native American communities across Arizona and in northwestern New Mexico.Â With the latest grant awards, REIF has now distributed more than $2.2M for various community wind and solar projects.
The eight proposals to receive the latest awards from REIF were selected based on a number of criteria, such as their ability to generate renewable energy, cost effectiveness and the ability for the project to be completed.Â They include:
|Community building District||Waik Oâ€™Odham Foundation||$200M||53kW solar|
|Wind/PV Expansion||STAR School||$95M||7kW wind, 1.5kW solar|
|Tolani Lake Chapter House||Tolani Lake Enterprises Inc.||$110M||20kW solar|
|Assisted Living Facility||Hopi Office of Elderly Services||$253M||72kW|
|Lonely Cactus Subdivision||Salt River Community Housing||$270M||70kW solar|
|Wind Power for SchoolsLittle Singer School
Dilkon Community School
Shonto Preparatory School
|Southwest Wind Power West Wind Solar||$236M||12kW wind7kW solar|
|Moenkopi Day School Hopi Day School||Hopi Tribe||$65M||5kW wind3kW solar|
|Hualapai Housing||Hualapai Nation||$30M||Solar daylighting|