Arizona Accelerates Solar Electricity Access for Tribes

Phoenix, Arizona [] Promoting access to electricity for Arizona’s Native American households is the focus of an energy policy initiative being launched by Governor Janet Napolitano. The Tribal Rural Electrification Program (TREP), created in the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office, is intended to demonstrate renewable energy technologies for communities that are not connected to the state’s power grid. “More than 10,000 Native American households in Arizona have no access to electricity,” said Governor Napolitano. “TREP will demonstrate how solar energy can help bridge that gap.” Nationwide, more than 14 percent of households located on tribal lands have no access to electricity; more than half of those are located in Arizona.
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