Shivwits Band of Paiutes Awarded EDA Grant for Renewable Energy Power Plant

The Shivwits Band of Paiutes was recently awarded a $500,000 grant towards the design and engineering of an innovative solar-hydro power generation facility on tribal lands. The project will serve to bolster the existing power grid with green renewable energy while supporting energy independence for the Shivwits Band. This project also will create upwards of 50 highly skilled, high-wage jobs for the Indigenous community within the Shivwits Reservation and throughout Southwest Utah.

The Five County Association of Governments states our organizations commitment to improving the economic well-being of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and their Constituent Bands within our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. This project is an excellent example of innovative and pioneering efforts to promote economic growth. Our office is proud to support the Shivwits Band in their endeavor which will enhance regional economic recovery, sustainability, and resiliency.

“This EDA investment will support energy independence and economic growth for the Shivwits Band of Paiutes, creating a stronger economy.”

Alejandra Y. Castillo
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development