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The Navajo Generating Station is slated to close in 2019, and officials are considering several potential buyers to prevent the shutdown. In July, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Salt River Project officials met with the U.S.-based company NantWorks. They discussed converting the coal-fired plant into a high-powered solar facility incorporating a new energy storage technique using molten salt. To find out exactly what this technology is, KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with University of Arizona engineering professor Peiwen Li who specializes in renewables.


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A Michigan-based company wants to build a hydropower project near Seligman that would store wind and solar energy until it’s needed. An environmental group and a tribal group have filed objections to the preliminary permit. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.


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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has signed an executive order promoting clean energy. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s part of a larger push by the tribe to move away from fossil fuels on the reservation.


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A Navajo Nation entity has taken its first step to generating electricity by starting a solar farm.

Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar wants to update the process for developing renewable energy on public lands. He’s introduced a bipartisan bill designed to expand wind, solar and geothermal projects. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


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