The Grand Canyon Trust has helped support clean energy initiatives on the Colorado Plateau in many ways.
Clean energy development on tribal lands
Our Native America Program is involved in a variety of efforts to promote the development of renewable energy projects on tribal lands. TThese efforts have resulted in Renewable Energy Investment Fund awards of more than $3.5 million, with matching funding in excess of $1.5 million for photovoltaic electric, energy efficiency, and solar hot water systems on homes and community buildings on the Hualapai, Hopi, and Navajo nations.
On February 13, 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to use revenues from the sale of sulfur dioxide allowances from the shut-down Mohave Generating Station (Mohave) to create a revolving fund to pay development deposits for renewable projects that benefit the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation. The decision is the result of an eight-year effort by the Trust and the Just Transition Coalition to recover economic opportunities for the tribes following Mohave’s closure in 2005.
Our own backyard
When we expanded our building in 2000, we consulted with the Rocky Mountain Institute. The resulting addition won an award from the Coconino County Sustainable Building program. In addition, with donations from our members, we installed a 1.4 KW photovoltaic system at our headquarters in early 2003; in September 2004, we added another 1.4 kilowatts to the system.