EOC receives Environmental Justice Solar Outreach award

Selected by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Solar Energy Technologies

Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) has announced that it received an Inclusive Solar Outreach award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) in recognition of an effective communications campaign that reached underrepresented audiences about solar energy adoption. This project connected energy-burdened renters and homeowners living in a high-emissions community to free community solar subscriptions.

These community solar subscriptions provide impactful, long-term savings to some of Colorado’s most energy-burdened households and enable historically marginalized populations to participate in renewable energy programs and the clean energy transition.

Through strong community partnerships, EOC was able to activate a network of partners and neighbors that served as project ambassadors. They supported this project by communicating the benefits and availability of receiving free utility bill credits through the Community Solar Gardens and encouraged households to enroll and tell their neighbors about the opportunity. A total of 130 kWs of solar space offered was filled with subscribers from the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods of Denver. area.

“We appreciate this recognition from SETO for the work we have done. EOC is committed to supporting households in an energy crisis, as well as stabilizing and sustaining them with comprehensive energy services including community solar subscriptions” said Kim Shields, director of strategic initiatives.  “We continue to grow and improve our reach every year by helping more limited income households participate in renewable energy programs.”

Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) has been a leading expert on issues impacting income-qualified energy consumers for more than 30 years. EOC offers a suite of programs to income-qualified households including emergency bill payment assistance, energy efficiency upgrades, and community solar subscriptions.

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Solar Energy Technologies supports early-stage research and development to improve the affordability, reliability, and domestic benefit of solar technologies on the grid. Learn more at energy.gov/solar-office.