SRP Line Crews Will Bring Electricity to Remote Homes in Navajo Nation for the Fifth Year

April 3, 2024
Fourteen lineworkers from SRP are traveling from Arizona to the Navajo Nation to volunteer for the Light Up Navajo project.

SRP Lineworker Shares Volunteer Experiences on Line Life Podcast
Listen to Dean Frescholz, journeyman lineworker for SRP, talk about his experiences as a two-time volunteer for the Light Up Navajo project on Podbean

Salt River Project is sending two crews to join lineworkers from 16 other states to bring electricity to families through the  Light Up Navajo project. Fourteen SRP employees will have the opportunity to connect homes to the grid from April 6-20.  

Salt River Project (SRP) and 39 utility companies from 16 states across the country are participating in a humanitarian effort to bring electricity to families within the Navajo Nation in Arizona, where 75 percent of all U.S. households without power are located. This initiative seeks to provide access to modern conveniences and improve the quality of life of families living in the Navajo Nation.  

This marks the fifth campaign for this unique mutual-aid initiative organized jointly by the American Public Power Association and the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, which is the public power utility serving the Navajo Nation. 

SRP’s line crews will depart Tempe on the morning of April 6 to begin setting miles of wooden distribution poles and stringing conductors through the vast Navajo Nation.  

Since the project launched in 2019, more than 700 homes in Navajo Nation now have electricity due to LUN efforts.  

Public power utilities like SRP are donating manpower, equipment and/or materials. Of the 55,000 homes located on the 27,000 square mile Navajo Nation (roughly the size of West Virginia), about 14,000 homes still do not have electricity.  


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Listen to a narrated version of the article, "Mutual Aid Without a Storm" from the T&D World Lineworker Supplement about the Light Up Navajo project on Podbean

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