The Navajo Nation and the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) are committed to extending utilities to the homes of Navajo Nation families to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. On August 16, the Navajo Nation (NN) announced the funding it would provide to NTUA to construct utility projects eligible under the United States CARES Act by December 28, 2020. NTUA has mobilized to complete as many projects as possible.
NTUA’s Home Interconnection Program:
NTUA has officially surpassed the original goal of connecting 510 homes to the electric grid. This is a huge achievement for NTUA electric line crews - to extend electricity to over 510 homes in a little over three months. Once the NN CARES Act legislation was passed and approved, teams went to work to build powerlines. Each week, including weekends and holidays, the NTUA crews concentrated on extending electricity to as many homes as possible -- with 510 homes being the primary goal. As of this update, the total connections by NTUA was 541 families!
As of December 16th, the actual number of Navajo homes connected was 579 which includes: NTUA - 541, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative - 22, and Jemez Mountain Electric Cooperative - 16.