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Arizona Tribes Get $1.3M for Renewable Energy Projects

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.  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.  They include:

Project Entity Award Type
Community building District Waik O’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

Leupp Schools


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