Navajo Nation officials met with representatives from the Trump administration and the Energy and Interior departments this week to discuss options to save the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) ahead of its slated closure in 2019.
Geothermal power comes from drilling down to superheated water, often as hot as 700 degrees Fahrenheit, and allowing the escaping steam to turn a turbine on the surface. This makes geothermal energy very site specific.
“With all 568 federally recognized Tribes, there’s 61 gigawatts of power available in solar,” said Henry Red Cloud, founder and owner of Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), based on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Big Elk Energy Systems has hit the trifecta. On the just-issued Inc. magazine top 5000 lists, the Tulsa-based firm was ranked number 1 in three categories: manufacturing firms nationwide, companies based in Oklahoma, and companies based in Tulsa.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is providing $9 million to fund tribal energy infrastructure projects— helping Native American and Alaska Native communities harness their vast undeveloped energy resources.