Stories: The Pajarito Mesa - An Energy Case Study: Pajarito-1

The last power line overlooking the off-the-grid community of Pajarito Mesa, New Mexico. While residents of the Pajarito Mesa legally own their land, a bureaucratic oversight has prevented them from receiving paved roads, running water, and electricity. The lives of people on the Mesa reveal a glance into energy’s past and future: while some struggle for the fuel to run their generator for an hour or two each day, their neighbors have been able to afford solar panels, and live comfortably off the grid.

The last power line overlooking the off-the-grid community of Pajarito Mesa, New Mexico. While residents of the Pajarito Mesa legally own their land, a bureaucratic oversight has prevented them from receiving paved roads, running water, and electricity. The lives of people on the Mesa reveal a glance into energy’s past and future: while some struggle for the fuel to run their generator for an hour or two each day, their neighbors have been able to afford solar panels, and live comfortably off the grid.