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Navajo Nation Approves Solar Projects For Local Communities

Coverage of tribal natural resources is supported in part by Catena Foundation

The Navajo Nation has approved a couple of solar projects that will provide electricity to tribal communities.

For decades, a number of Navajos have lived in the shadow of power plants.

But many of their homes lacked electricity.

Some families burned leftover coal from a mine that fed the Navajo Generating Station. Both the mine and the power plant have closed.

The tribe recently announced plans for a 200 megawatt project near Cameron, and a 70 megawatt project in Red Mesa.

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is expected to bring electricity to hundreds of Navajo homes.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.