Thursday, July 14, 2005

Navajo Nation Homes in Southwest Finally Get Electrical Power

The southwest region of the US has been a powerhouse for Southwest Native Indian art for years but surprisingly until just recently, some Native homes were still powerless when it came to electricity. Fifty Navajo Nation homes now have electricity for the first time thanks to solar power systems built and installed by Sacred Power Corp., a Native American Indian-owned company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. "When the people came out to hook (the electricity) up, I said, 'Thank you. We've been in the dark for a long time,'" said Larry Toledo, a Native resident whose home was powerless before. The portable systems run on both solar and wind power. They consist of an 800-watt photovolt cell, 400-watt wind turbine, 10,000-watt-hour batteries and an AC inverter. High-efficiency refrigerators and energy-efficient light bulbs were added on to the overall packages. Sacred Power owner Dave Melton, a member of Laguna Pueblo tribe, said he was honored to provide a service that most people in the US already enjoy. "It's very gratifying to see how happy these people are. It's almost too good to be true," Melton said.

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