Light Up the Navajo Nation

$28,225 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 6 months
Created December 14, 2018
NTUA Light Up Team
on behalf of Thomas Nelson
Light Up Navajo is an initiative to bring electricity to the 15,000 Navajo households that do not have power.

The Navajo Nation is 27,000 square miles, a service area that makes providing electricity no small task. The terrain, distance between the homes, and the sheer size of the area makes it difficult to get families the necessities that many US households take for granted. Electrification in the Navajo Nation has been slow due to the high cost of connecting isolated rural households to the grid, the sensitivity of families to utility costs, and the limited availability of government loans.

Electrifying just one household is an expensive endeavor. Each household, on average, requires 1 transformer, 0.6 miles of wire, 9 poles, 16 insulators, and 2 arrestors to connect to the electric grid; which is an average material cost of around $5,500.

In coordination with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, in Spring 2019, many projects are planned as part of the Light Up the Navajo initiative, which could cumulatively bring electricity to hundreds of households. Public power utilities from across the country are volunteering lineworker crews, which will cover the cost of labor.

We’re asking you to help provide or cover the cost of the materials to connect these families to electricity for the first time.
How to Donate
All financial contributions submitted through this page go directly to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. Anyone can donate, participation in the project is not required.

Donations are preferred in the amounts of required equipment, as below.

·       Arrestors: $80

·       Poles: $375

·       Transformers: $500

·       Individual electrification: $1,375

·       Electrifying a household: $5,500

·       Electrifying a community (5 households): $27,500

If you are not comfortable donating via an online system, NTUA is accepting checks mailed to their headquarters (see address below). If you plan on mailing a check, please email Thomas Nelson (NTUA’s CFO),  

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority
ATTN: Thomas W. Nelson, CFO P.O. Box 442
Window Rock, AZ 86515

All donations are tax deductible. Donations will be recognized publicly unless requested otherwise. All donations should be made out to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. The American Public Power Association will not be handling or involved in any financial transactions. 

If you would like to donate materials or equipment, please contact Ethan Epstein at
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$28,225 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 6 months
Created December 14, 2018
NTUA Light Up Team
on behalf of Thomas Nelson
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