8minute Solar

8minute Solar is the largest independent solar power developer in the United States.  Founded in 2009, the company has over 18GW of solar and storage projects under development, and 2GW currently in operation.  Its current footprint includes 20 power purchase agreements, 14 of which have been executed with California’s four largest utilities.

In 2020, 8minute Solar commissioned Seidman:

  • To estimate the economic and fiscal impacts of the construction and initial operation of a solar PV plant, 2021-2023, on the Navajo Reservation.
  • To additionally estimate the economic and fiscal impacts of the potential expansion of this solar PV plant to 2 GW over a three- or five-year period, encompassing both the construction and enhanced operations of the plant.

An IMPLAN model customized for the Navajo Nation, which also utilized insights from Seidman’s prior household expenditure survey for the Reservation, was used to estimate impacts.