So­lar Ar­ray Grant Award

Catron Courier - - Opinions & Editorial -

The Santo Domingo Pue­blo is to re­ceive $210,000 grant to in­stall so­lar ar­ray to power com­mu­nity wa­ter pump and treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

Santo Domingo Pue­blo was se­lected by the U.S. Depart­ment of En­ergy to re­ceive a $210,000 grant to ac­cel­er­ate the Tribe's im­ple­men­ta­tion of re­new­able en­ergy and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency tech­nolo­gies. This fed­eral in­vest­ment will help in­stall a ground-mounted, 115kilo­watt so­lar ar­ray to power the Tribe's com­mu­nity wa­ter pump and treat­ment fa­cil­ity, which has the high­est en­ergy de­mand on the reser­va­tion. Ex­pected sav­ings for Santo Domingo Pue­blo are $20,000 an­nu­ally based on a 75 to 85 per­cent re­duc­tion in power con­sump­tion.

"This new so­lar en­ergy sys­tem will help Santo Domingo Pue­blo power its wa­ter pump and treat­ment fa­cil­ity with a clean, re­li­able source of en­ergy that's close to home," Se­na­tor Tom Udall said. "The move­ment to­ward clean en­ergy cre­ates im­por­tant op­por­tu­ni­ties for eco­nomic growth and job cre­ation, and I will con­tinue to work to en­sure all New Mexi- co com­mu­ni­ties can ben­e­fit from a clean en­ergy econ­omy that em­pha­sizes re­new­able en­ergy and in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy."

"Tribal na­tions like Santo Domingo Pue­blo un­der­stand the in­her­ent value of in­de­pen­dence and self suf­fi­ciency. This so­lar project will fur­ther those goals and New Mex­ico's role as a clean power leader," Se­na­tor Martin Hein­rich said.

Santa Domingo Pue­blo was com­pet­i­tively se­lected to re­ceive the fund­ing through the U.S. Depart­ment of En­ergy's Tribal En­ergy Pro­gram.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: http://eere­de­vapps1.nrel.gov/ trib­alen­ergy/ pro­ject­s_s­e­lect­ed_2015.cfm

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