Power lines behind the house
People on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico tend to live far apart. So even though the Johnson family has a power transmission line running right behind their house, they are not connected to the electricity grid. It costs about $30,000 per mile to bring a home onto the grid and, in the case of the Johnson family, they didn't have the money to pay for a connection. It turns out that the local utility may bring service to their house as part of a system upgrade in the coming months, but in the meantime, the family has on-site electricity service.
November 17, 2011 3:59 AM PST
Photo by: Martin LaMonica/CNET
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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