Partnership allows manufacturing plant to replace closed Navajo power plant


Operators at the former Navajo coal-fired power plant site, December 16, 2021 (Koln Grading, LLC Facebook Photo / Denny Orick)

(Koln Grading, LLC Photo Facebook / Denny Orick)

PHOENIX – The Navajo Nation and a manufactured home company on Wednesday announced the finalization of a partnership that will allow the construction of a manufacturing facility on part of the former Navajo power plant.

ZenniHome and the Navajo Nation are also working towards a long-term rental agreement to build green homes on-site, according to a press release.

The partnership allows ZenniHome to get up and running quickly, including hiring up to 150 Navajo Nation members to build the company’s Denizen and Citizen models before the lease is finalized.

“From the ashes of one of the world’s largest coal-fired power plants, we are building a factory for sustainable, green housing – a factory with tremendous potential for the Navajo Nation,” said ZenniHome founder and former Senator State, Bob Worsley, in the release.

The location provides ample room for expansion, which Worsley says includes the potential for a 1 million square foot giga plant.

The coal-fired power plant’s operations ceased in November 2019 after decades of activity.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said in the statement that the project was an example of the vast economic growth potential of rural Arizona.

“We are excited to see new jobs and an industry develop from the old Navajo Power Plant, and we look forward to continuing to work with our tribal partners to provide more opportunities in all parts of Arizona. “said Ducey.

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