“Using the Strengths of the Father to Protect the Gifts of the Mother”

by Seth Roffman

Sacred Power, Inc. is a Native American-owned and operated green company with a charter to provide renewable and distributive energy, and telecommunications. The Albuquerque-based firm, founded in 1999, has become the country’s leading Native American-owned manufacturer of photovoltaic/hybrid renewable energy systems that integrate propane generators, hydrogen fuel cells, wind turbines and hydrogen electrolyzers.

Sacred Power has designed, developed, tested and installed a variety of unique solar products for many tribes and government agencies. The company’s 10kW solar carport at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the largest system of its kind in New Mexico, is net-metered to the power grid. In 2009, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent for Sacred Power’s single axis Tracking Solar Shelter, which generates 25% more power than a fixed array carport. The system has been installed at various locations around the nation. The company has also received a patent for its portable power systems.

Senator Jeff Bingaman authored a law that authorized millions of dollars in federal funds to bring electricity to Navajo residents that lack service because of the high cost of extending electric lines in rugged, rural areas. The funds, granted through the Department of Energy, are used to both extend traditional power sources, and to implement renewable energy sources and other advanced electric power technologies.

Sacred Power’s first PV/wind hybrid systems were installed for families in need at the Navajo Nation’s Torreon and Ojo Encino Chapters in 2005. The company was able to hire two technicians from the local community to provide service, warranty, and location assistance for the project.

Last year the company partnered with the Navajo Nation’s local Chapter Houses in New Mexico and Arizona to secure a $500,656 Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to design, manufacture, deliver and install 50 of its modular hybrid solar power stations to power off-grid homes. The stations combine solar PV panels plus controls, battery storage, and a backup small wind turbine or propane generator. The systems are built at the company’s Albuquerque plant and then moved to the home sites. Additional federal funding is being sought to provide service for families at Pajarito Mesa, south of Albuquerque, who are also without power.

In addition to providing residential power units, Sacred Power has done work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the US Department of Energy, Honeywell, the Johnson Space Center, and the NM State Energy Office. The company has also teamed with Cyberlux to incorporate advanced lighting systems for the Department of Defense and commercial customers.

In January, the Small Business Administration provided the fast growing company a $1.6 million loan guarantee toward the purchase of a 47,000 square foot facility in Albuquerque’s Sawmill Industrial Hub Zone south of Interstate 40. This will allow Sacred Energy to consolidate its engineering staff, program management, and manufacturing, as well as its sister company, Luz Energy, in one place.

David Melton, Sacred Power’s President and CEO, projects about $8 million in sales this year. The company plans new production lines such as utility-scale PV solar panels, and will increase its workforce from 40 to about 60 by year-end.

For additional information, contact Dave Melton at 505.242.2292 or visit http://www.sacredpowercorp.com

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