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Op-ed: How federal investments are empowering Navajo People
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Op-ed: How federal investments are empowering Navajo People

JoAnn Armenta, the CEO of an organization that provides workforce training and resources to the Navajo people, shares how the Inflation Reduction Act has helped her organization provide community members with the skills to start their own solar businesses.

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My work has long been driven by ancestral wisdom and knowledge with the goal of serving people and the planet. I served 15 years as the Department of Energy’s Southern California Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator until I retired in 2010. The program began under the Clinton Administration with the intent of reducing our dependence on Fossil Fuels in the Transportation Sector.

During my tenure, I saw funding for clean energy technology come and go depending on the level of support from leaders in Washington. Having this perspective, I was hopeful the Biden administration would revive clean energy development and deployment of solar technology in the Southwest.

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JoAnn Armenta

CEO, Purpose Focused Alternative Learning


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