Chairman Heart Discusses Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Solar Projects

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe's Solar Projects

As climate change adversely impacts Southwest Colorado, the Ute Mountain Ute Indian tribe plans to invest in utility-sized, renewable energy projects to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, reduce its carbon footprint, generate jobs, and develop new sources of tribal income. The Ute Mountain Ute Indian tribe has embarked on an ambitious, multi-year plan to build four solar projects to generate a total of 500 million megawatts of electricity to power homes and businesses in three states. According to the solar energy industry’s association, one megawatt can provide power to about 164 homes.  The ambitious goal to become a major solar energy provider was developed during the past 10 years, when the tribal government began a series of feasibility studies and renewable energy projects including wind-generated, solar, and hydroelectric power. 

With more than 250 days of sunshine a year, Ute lands were ideal for solar.  And in 2020, the tribe completed construction on its first solar project – a 2.2 million dollar solar farm located just to the west of Ute Mountain Casino. The farm generates one megawatt of energy. Enough to supply electricity to the casino and hotel, the tribe’s farm and ranch enterprises, and a hundred homes.

With that success under its belt, the tribe now hopes to find investors and utility partners to turn the sun into another income-generating enterprise to replace revenues lost from declining oil and natural gas production.  “We really have to look at where we’re heading into the future. Fossil fuels are not completely gone cause they really bring about 60 to 70% of the energy for our homes. Renewables is starting to be new. It’s been here a while, but it’s starting to come about now.  Hydro is another one. Nuclear is another one… And we just need to really work together to take care of mother nature, take care of mother earth. And that’s the perspective of native people is we need to take care of where we’re at, where our surroundings are, and really look toward the future.” said Chairman Heart.

Chairman Heart said the tribe now is working with a Public Service Company of New Mexico to build a solar farm south of the Colorado border on US Highway 160.  Two more projects are scheduled for Colorado, and a fourth for Southeast Utah to serve tribal members there.  The timeline is contingent on attracting investors.

30 Year Anniversary Ute Mountain Casino Hotel

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Ute Mountain Casino Celebrates 30 Years of Fun and Excitement

The first casino in the Four Corners’ region begins yearlong festivities

TOWAOC, Colo. (April 27, 2022) – Ute Mountain Casino is proud to kick-off its yearlong 30th anniversary celebration as “Still the One”, in the Four Corners’ region. As the area’s first Indian-owned casino throughout the area, Ute Mountain Casino Hotel has provided gaming thrills with a full-scale casino, a new Sportsbook and the largest Bingo room in the area.  Paired with dining favorites, luxury accommodations, a mountainside RV Park and easy-access Travel Center, locals and adventurers alike have enjoyed all that Ute Mountain Casino Hotel has offered for three decades.

“Since 1992, Ute Mountain Casino Hotel has been a destination for guests who want an experience like no other,” said Rick Scheer, General Manager of Ute Mountain Casino Hotel. “From our record setting payouts and the latest slot machines, gaming enthusiasts have been calling Ute Mountain home for decades. Since opening, we have continued to update our offerings and amenities to ensure that we provide a fresh experience for our guests, and we look forward to welcoming visitors for years to come.”

Ute Mountain will be celebrating its milestone anniversary with special branding as “Still the One”, in honor of its position as a premier destination for 30 years that will be seen and heard across the region.

As the year continues, Ute Mountain Casino Hotel will be opening a new snack bar in May, serve as partner for the annual Ute Mountain Rodeo Roundup in June, host a July 3rd celebration with a fireworks display and live entertainment and stage its signature Pow Wow in August.

For more information about Ute Mountain Casino Hotel and to learn about the latest events, call 1-800-258-8007 or visit utemountaincasino.com.

Ute Mountain Casino Hotel 30 Year Anniversary

About Ute Mountain Casino Hotel

Beneath the expansive western sky in Colorado lies the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel, the State’s first Tribal gaming facility and your Four Corners Connection! Nestled in the shadow of the legendary Sleeping Ute Mountain and just 20 minutes from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park, the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel and Resort offers Southwestern hospitality, friendly faces, great food and lots of gaming excitement! The Hotel has 90 rooms including suites with an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and state-of-the-art workout facility to enjoy. Live Table games from Blackjack to Roulette and all the latest and greatest Slots. There is also a large Bingo Hall and area favorite Kuchu’s restaurant on premises. Sleeping Ute RV Park and a full-service 24-hour Travel Center including fuel/diesel and a convenience store are located right next door. Groups welcome! Connect with us on Facebook and at:  utemountaincasino.com.