NAVAJO TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT

Community Revitalization

The Navajo Technical University Energy Efficiency Project commenced in June, 2016, and it is generously funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. In the first phase of the project (June 2016 through February 2017), a master database that organizes the energy used by the Navajo Technical University was created. Based on this database, an optimal mix of renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvements will be designed and then implemented at the Navajo Technical University (NTU).The goal is to create an example of a successful distributed energy market on the NTU campus, and to transform NTU into a leader in the energy efficiency space in the Navajo Nation.

Interactive map showing energy supply and consumption patterns.

  • To minimize the carbon footprint of NTU by introducing energy efficiency measures on its campus;
  • To identify ways to reduce NTU’s annual energy expenses by half;
  • To allocate realized savings towards improving the quality of faculty and student experiences at NTU;
  • To position NTU as a leader in optimized energy usage within the Navajo Nation, such that young, aspiring Tribal members can enroll in NTU to study NTU’s energy strategy as a part of an engineering curriculum; and
  • To create an example of a successful distributed energy market such that the model may be replicated within the Navajo Nation and beyond.
Navajo Technical University
SUPPLY
• Energy wasted from inefficient use
• Shallow geothermal
• Deep geothermal
• Solar
• Wind
• Heat
DEMAND
• Students, faculty, staff, and processes at Navajo Technical University
TECHNOLOGY
• Combined heat and power natural gas electricity generation systems
• Geothermal ground loops
• Solar panels
• Wind turbines
• Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) heat to electricity systems
FINANCE
• Packard Foundation
• Koveva Ltd.