Organization helps indigenous communities take control of their own resources: ‘We had to figure out how to power ourselves’

Native Renewables is on a mission to empower Native American families to achieve energy independence by increasing access to affordable, off-grid solar power. This women-led organization is growing renewable energy capacity in communities that need it most.

Wahleah Johns, co-founder of Native Renewables, saw how many families within the Hopi and Diné (Navajo) nations lacked access to electricity despite having some of the best solar resources in the country. Many relied on dirty energy for light while waiting years to be connected to the grid.

“I realized that if nobody was going to provide power for these families, we had to figure out how to power ourselves using the sun,” Johns said.

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