Case study 8 March 2023
Sol is proud to have worked with Navajo Nation, the single largest Native American territory in the United States. Solar street lights were deployed to keep their remote subdivision welcoming, well-lit and safe.
Client: Navajo Housing Authority
Distributor: Native Energy Solutions
Contractor: Pimmex General Contracting
Navajo Nation, NEW MEXICO
EverGen M (2019)
The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American territory in the United States, spanning more than 17 million acres in Arizona and New Mexico. Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) manages over 10,000 housing units throughout the territory, mostly in remote subdivisions.
Lack of adequate street lighting was a widespread issue within NHA subdivisions, which created safety and security concerns. NHA found that grid-connected lighting was prohibitively expensive due to the remoteness of these subdivisions, encouraging them to investigate other options to help improve lighting conditions.
In 2015, NHA began to address this issue by working with Native Energy Solutions, a Native American–owned solar lighting distributor that provides sustainable solutions for tribal communities across the United States. Native Energy Solutions worked with Native American contractor Pimmex, which selected, purchased, and installed Sol solar lighting. By 2016, NHA had deployed 226 Sol TP systems over 12 subdivisions.
NHA was very happy with the performance of the lights, so they continued to order other Sol lighting systems. The latest order was for the EverGen M Series, the newest product from Sol: NHA ordered 315 lights for eight more subdivisions.
For NHA, three main conditions stood out:
NHA was happy with the solar lighting solutions.
While only newly installed, they have been delighted with the performance of the EverGen and its remote monitoring system. Other subdivisions within the Navajo Nation remain unlit, so NHA will continue pursuing more solar lighting projects as additional funding becomes available.
This project has built a strong partnership between Sol and Native Energy Solutions, who will continue working together on future lighting projects for Native American communities across the country.