FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. - On Dec. 22, the Navajo Nation Council voted 63-1 to approve the lease and financing agreements for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) to lead in the development of a wind energy project at the Big Boquillas Ranch located 80 miles west of Flagstaff.
This would pave the way for the Navajo Nation in the world of green energy development. Phase 1A of the project is anticipated to produce about 85 megawatts of power.
Big Boquillas Wind Project is a first for the Navajo Nation. It is also the first large scale wind energy development led by a Native American tribe with a majority interest of the project.
"This is historic," said NTUA General Manager Walter W. Haase. "For the first time, the Navajo Nation is a majority owner of an energy project that will introduce a new economy ... for the benefit of the Navajo people."
"We [appreciate the] support of the Navajo Nation Council, giving this project a vote of confidence," Haase added.
NTUA is working with Project Partners Foresight Wind Energy and Edison Mission Group to develop, finance, construct, and operate the Big Boquillas Wind Project.
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is a non-profit enterprise established by the Navajo Nation Council to provide multi-utility services to the Navajo Nation and the Navajo People. Since 1959, NTUA has supplied electricity, water, natural gas, wastewater treatment, and photovoltaic (solar power) services to residents throughout the 26,000 square-mile Navajo Nation, which spreads across northeastern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, and southeastern Utah.