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Colorado energy efficiency group announces available funding

Energy Outreach Colorado is accepting applications for NEEP.

Energy Outreach Colorado is accepting applications for NEEP.

Nonprofit group Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) announced it is accepting applications for its Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP). The nonprofit raises funds for statewide energy assistance and energy efficiency programs provides qualifying nonprofits with free energy efficiency upgrades to facilities serving low-income clients, the group said in a statement.

NEEP is not only funded by EOC but also the city and county of Denver as well as utility companies Atmos Energy, Source Gas and Xcel Energy. According to EOC, the purpose behind the program is to reduce energy costs for nonprofits so more of their budgets can be used to fund other programs for their clients. NEEP began in 2007 and more than $7.8 million in energy-efficiency upgrades have been installed in 152 facilities.

Organizations that received funding from NEEP are given at least $10,000 and as much as $120,000 in energy-efficiency upgrades, including new lighting installations.

Past recipients include Denver Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities, Food Bank of the Rockies, Open Door Ministries and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

Energy Outreach Colorado

Established in 1989, EOC has raised more than $182 million for nonprofit organizations. ECO funds energy bill payment assistance for thousands of households through partnerships with 100 assistance organizations in Colorado. According to the nonprofit’s website, it also offers education on reducing energy usage.

The independent, nonprofit organization is the only one in the state that raises money to help limited-income residents and facilities afford energy costs. The nonprofit organization said the average amount saved after it installs energy efficiency upgrades in facilities throughout the state is 20 percent of their energy bill.

The lighting specialists at Lumenistics can provide more information on the benefits of energy-efficient lighting solutions.

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