REDWOOD CITY, CA – Peninsula Clean Energy has awarded 16 grants to increase outreach to customers about utility bill discounts and a range of other clean energy program benefits.
The grants awarded to 16 local community organizations – totaling $530,000 and ranging from $20,000 to $45,000 each – include efforts to increase outreach to Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tongan, Samoan, and Tagalog speakers, as well as seniors, youth, faith-based and other communities. The organizations will collaborate with Peninsula Clean Energy to communicate how to reduce household costs through savings on energy bills, home electrification and rebates on electric vehicles.
“Peninsula Clean Energy’s programs, lower rates and bill assistance reach far and wide, including some of our most diverse and vulnerable communities,” said Redwood City Councilmember Elmer Martinez Saballos, who is also a member of Peninsula Clean Energy’s board of directors. “We must effectively communicate these opportunities and benefits to our customers through local organizations they trust.”
A summary of the 16 grants that were awarded:
‘Anamatangi Polynesian Voices – Conduct outreach in Tongan and Samoan in East Palo Alto, including assistance with enrolling in energy discounts
350 Silicon Valley – Educate residents about the climate and health benefits of home electrification throughout San Mateo County
Acterra – Support customers with understanding the benefits of home electrification and electric vehicles and enrolling in incentive programs
California Interfaith Power & Light – Reach faith communities through electric vehicle showcases, electric cooking demos, and partnerships with congregations in San Mateo County
Climate Resilient Communities – Engage communities through focus groups and workshops in Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks. Includes coordinating electric vehicle showcases in English and Spanish
Coastside Farmers’ Market – Communicate the benefits of Peninsula Clean Energy and promote energy programs at Farmers’ Markets across San Mateo County
Daly City Partnership – Raise awareness of Peninsula Clean Energy in northern San Mateo County and help customers benefit from energy bill discounts, electric vehicle, and home electrification programs
El Concilio – Provide English- and Spanish-language outreach throughout San Mateo County. Includes helping customers reduce their utility bill through energy discounts and assistance programs
HealthWays – Conduct outreach about Peninsula Clean Energy in northern San Mateo County in English and Tagalog by partnering with local businesses and volunteers
Nuestra Casa – Promote utility bill discounts and Peninsula Clean Energy programs in East Palo Alto and surrounding communities in Spanish and English
Rise South City – Assist South San Francisco customers with understanding the energy bill and signing up for energy programs in English and Spanish
Senior Coastsiders – Help older adults in Half Moon Bay access the benefits of home electrification, energy bill discounts, and other programs
Silicon Valley Youth Climate Action – Collaborate on youth-led climate literacy campaign, including school presentations and curriculum development
Sound of Hope – Educate Mandarin- and Chinese-speaking customers about Peninsula Clean Energy programs through radio, video, web ads, and in-person workshops
Sustainable San Mateo County – Coordinate events to educate residents and community stakeholders about Peninsula Clean Energy’s mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions locally
Thrive Alliance – Engage non-profit and community leaders throughout San Mateo County about Peninsula Clean Energy, home electrification and health, and energy discounts
Grant recipients will work in collaboration with Peninsula Clean Energy’s outreach team for up to one year.
Peninsula Clean Energy in February 2023 announced 14 community outreach grants totaling $415,000. Those followed 12 grants totaling $310,000 in 2022 and 11 community outreach grants Peninsula Clean Energy awarded in 2021.
About Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy is a Community Choice Aggregation agency. It is the official electricity provider for San Mateo County and for the City of Los Banos. Founded in 2016 with a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the agency serves a population of 810,000 by providing more than 3,600 gigawatt hours annually of electricity that is 50 percent renewable, 100 percent clean and at lower cost than PG&E. As a community-led, not-for-profit agency, Peninsula Clean Energy makes significant investments in its communities to expand access to sustainable and affordable energy solutions. Peninsula Clean Energy is on track to deliver electricity that is 100 percent renewable by 2025. Follow us at PenCleanEnergy.com, X, Facebook and LinkedIn.