THE SOLAR PROGRAM
What can I use with this PV Systems?
For many years, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) has been working with outside agencies to develop and maintain a Photovoltaic or Solar Energy Program. Since 1996, numerous families have been hooked up to solar power, bringing the total number of NTUA – PV families to more than 200.
Basically, these families live where it is just not feasible to extend electrical power lines because the average cost to extend the electrical grid is about $27,000 per mile. Given the lack of funds and the distance from electrical power, NTUA worked closely with these families, recommending to them that solar power is an alternative way, in obtaining electric power. In December 2000, Sandia National Laboratories, the Navajo Nation, and the Department of Energy, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), authorizing collaboration and technology transfer for the Navajo Nation. This inter-governmental relationship focused on the environment, education, economic development, and communication.
- Residential lights
- Communication equipment
- Satellite dish for television
- Small refrigerator
- Small water pumping system
- Small construction equipment tools.
- Small kitchen appliances
- A backup generator can be used to supplement battery charging
The above are the combination of various equipment and appliances that can be used under the rated PV capacity.
WHAT IS SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES?
Solar technology uses the sun's energy and light to provide heat, light, hot water, electricity, and even cooling, for homes, businesses, and industries.
WHAT IS PHOTOVOLTAIC- (PV) ?
Photovoltaic solar cells, which directly convert sunlight into electricity, are made of semi-conducting materials. The simplest cells power watches, calculators and the like, while more complex systems can light houses and provide power to the electric grid.