Entrepreneurs We Love…Because They're Creating a Cleaner, Greener Life

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For tackling third world poverty here at home

Dave Melton, 57
Sacred Power
Albuquerque

Life is tough on the Navajo Indian reservation. Nearly 18,000 homes on the reservation, which straddles Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico, lack electricity. Dave Melton, CEO of Sacred Power, is on a mission to change that. Sacred Power has equipped 400 Navajo homes with solar and wind-powered generators, effectively bringing thousands of residents from the 19th century into the 21st. Sacred Power, which has revenue of about $6 million, has won several USDA contracts and recently submitted a bid on another. "The Navajo people continue to suffer," Melton, a member of the Laguna tribe, says. "So we’re going back to the well. We hope there is some more water." Read the full story.
—Issie Lapowsky