Delegate Otto Tso, Big Navajo Energy president Dory Peters
and the Lloyd Billy family at their residence near the community
of Tuba City, Arizona. Billy's residence now has power and
heating in his home. Submitted photo
TÓ NANEES DIZI, AZ After living without electricity
for over 40 years, Lloyd Billy now has power and heating in his
Navajo Nation Council Delegate Otto Tso (Tó Nanees Dizi),
staff with the Office of the Speaker, and Big Navajo Energy president
Dory Peters recently visited the home of Lloyd Billy, who lives
near the community of Tuba City and installed a solar generator
and heating system.
Big Navajo Energy is a Navajo owned renewable energy company
offering solar/wind-battery based power systems that provide electricity
for families that live in remote areas. The company has partnered
with the Office of the Speaker to provide the power systems for
families that reside in the Bennett Freeze Area. The Billy family
is the second family to receive a power system as a result of the
Tso, who represents thousands of constituents affected by the
Bennett Freeze policy, said he is thankful to Big Navajo Energy
for seeking solutions that have the potential to help thousands
of Navajo families.
"I'm happy to see the Billy family receive electricity. Many
families continue to suffer due to the effects of the development
freeze that was placed on this area, but we are working to change
that and this represents another step in the right direction," he
Tso and Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan,
Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, TseDaaKaan, Upper Fruitland) arranged
for the company to donate solar/wind-battery based power systems
heaters systems provided by SolarThermiX, which will provide
basic amenities such as lighting and heating for the winter season.
Big Navajo Energy president Dory Peters said access to renewable
technology will be one of the solutions to bring electricity to
more than 18,000 families on the Navajo Nation that do not have
"This would not have been possible without the support from
Speaker Bates and the efforts of Delegate Otto Tso, to assist with
the installation for the Billy family. This is only the beginning
for many other families that do not have any access to basic electricity.
We are planning more installations for other families. The process
of accessing clean and reliable electricity is our commitment for
the Navajo Nation tribal members," Peters said.
Three families who reside the Bennett Freeze Area were selected
by Navajo Nation council members to receive renewable energy generators
and heaters as a way of addressing one of the council's top priorities
to bring clean and renewable energy to the Navajo Nation.
Tso said he was honored to join the family as their home became
the second to receive a new energy system, adding that he hopes
to see many more homes receive electricity.
Big Navajo Energy has access to portable renewable energy generators
that are military grade and commercial industrial 1 to 200 megawatt
size solutions that only require wind, solar, biomass or geothermal
energy to power them. More information on the energy generators
or the direct, emissions free solar thermal heating units is available