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Economic and social development stemming from the electrification of the housing stock On The Navajo Nation: Working paper series--02-34

Bain, Craig and Ballentine, Crystal and DeSouza, Anil and Majure, Lisa and Smith, Dean Howard and Turek, Jill (2002) Economic and social development stemming from the electrification of the housing stock On The Navajo Nation: Working paper series--02-34. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


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The main body of this report explains the economic and social development aspects stemming from an electrification program on the Navajo Nation. It is estimated that 18,000 housing units are in need of electrification. Given the high costs of connecting distributed houses to the electricity grid, it is recommended that the individual housing units be supplied electricity with individually contained solar and storage systems. In some cases the houses will require retrofitting with wiring. The economic benefits will include increased employment opportunities for tribal members, increased retention of spending on the reservation, secondary employment and sales of various appliances. The social benefits include improved educational success as the home environments improve the study abilities of children, increased oral tradition education as less time is spent on household chores and language preservation. The estimated cost of any program providing electricity and the associated appliances to these homes falls between $115 and $350 million. The appendices of this report include: an estimate for the potential demand by explaining how the value of 18,000 housing units was determined, a brief discussion of the business potentials and employment opportunities, and a fully detailed business plan template for a prospective entrepreneur.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 02-34
Keywords: Working paper, Navajo Nation, housing demand, housing development, electricity, social benefits
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2015 00:05
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1603

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