Northern Arizona Solar Mosaic Project
FACT: 18,000 Navajo Nation Homes still remain without power.
The first northern Arizona Solar Mosaic Project recently brought together a community funded 1.5 KW solar installation on the home of Shonto Begay. A total of $17,700 was raised in combination from the Grand Canyon Trust and the following individual investors: Daniel Rosen, Samuel Karlin, Hunhal Jah, James Cunningham, Thomas Nelson, Elliot Murphy, Maria Mercedes-Plant, Adam Pollack, Karen Leu, Lin Chambers, Christine, Loflin, Benjamin B. Cohen, Mary Clare, Robert Stec & anonymous donors Rob, Vangelisti & Hannibal.
A project like this defines the spirit of the northern Arizona Co-Operative and the community as it is truly sustainable economic development. The community funded project produces clean solar power, creates jobs, support our local arts community and creates awareness to local causes and the challenges of our neighbors and native American friends.
AS A COMMUNITY YOU CAN SUPPORT & INVEST IN THE NEXT NORTHERN ARIZONA SOLAR MOSAIC: You can Learn more about the community funded Solar Project of the Murdoch Community Center As an investor you will receive back the amount you invested in annual installments, beginning on the first anniversary of when the Murdoch Community Center solar project goes live. Support northern Arizona community projects!
About Navajo Nation Artist Shonto Begay
Shonto is a brilliant painter, compelling story-teller, visionary, and leader. He is a leading spokesman for environmental rights and the defense of human rights. His art has been featured in major museums and galleries across the world. His work brings to life the world of the Navajo Reservation and the natural beauty around it.
Now, with the help of Solar Mosaic community, Shonto is going solar on his home. His home, which he built with the help of friends and family, overlooks the silo of Peabody Coal Mine, which powers the neon lights of Las Vegas and the greater Western grid. To this day, there are still 18,000 Navajo homes, like Shonto’s, that remain without power. Many of them use kerosene or diesel generators for the occasional use of power. A dramatic metaphor, it’s heartbreaking to see the buzzing transmission lines powering the mine running over Navajo homes without running water or electricity. This project not only creates clean solar power for Shonto’s home but is part of a paradigm shift for the Navajo Nation, northern Arizona and beyond. Take Part in the Next Northern Arizona Solar Mosaic Project.
Shonto Begay’s Art
When the sun sets on Shonto Begay’s home on the Dineh (Navajo Nation) in northern Arizona, the land turns red and the sky sets on fire. After what Shonto calls “the introduction to the celestial drama”, the moon rises and the stars glitter throughout the sky like a sparkling stream running over our heads. On a clear night, you can easily see the Milky Way and dozens of shooting stars. Once a month, the moon shines so brightly that the bugs stop flying towards the kerosene lamps in the home and make a pilgrimage up to the giant light bulb in the sky. At the homestead, there is no running water and only a small amount of electricity from a noisy and dirty diesel generator. Now thanks to the community Solar Mosaic is being installed!
PLEASE INVEST IN THE NEXT SOLAR MOSAIC in northern Arizona: Learn more about the Murdoch Community Center Solar Mosaic Project