On November 4, U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) announced more than $2.8 million in grants to be awarded to Albuquerque-based Sacred Power Corporation to help bring electricity to Indian country.
The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and breakdown as follows:
- $500,000 to provide replacement batteries to solar photovoltaic hybrid wind turbines and/or propane generators on Navajo Nation land within New Mexico and Arizona.
- $2 million will help provide renewable power for about 300 rural Navajo homes in Arizona and Utah.
- $395,000 to provide and install several 1.8 kW wind turbines on low-income Tribal Community residences in South Dakota.
“Sacred Power is a thriving company based right here in Albuquerque. This federal grant funding will support the good work the company does to bring electricity to Indian Country and the workers it employs,” Bingaman said.
Sacred Power is an American Indian owned company.
Bingaman also announced the following USDA grants:
- Capacity Builders, Inc. in San Juan - $225,000: Funding will be used to establish the National Center for Rural and Tribal Cooperative Development, which will work to improve economic conditions of tribal areas.
Center of Southwest Culture, Inc. in Albuquerque - $191,504: Funding will be used to provide technical assistance in organic farming methods. The center also will help businesses create economic opportunities by using existing natural resources, and will develop strategies to preserve housing in traditional cooperative communities in northern New Mexico. The grant is expected to create approximately 46 jobs.