Energy Justice

Prioritizing Solar for underserved communities

Eagle Solar & Light (ESL) is increasing access to solar for Historically Marginalized Communities (HMC) and Low to Moderate (LMI) communities. When partnering with these communities, or the non-profits which serve them, we create innovative and positive financial outcomes that can include grants, utility rebates and competitive lease pricing.

While ESL offers a cash purchase or self-financed option, we have found that solar leasing often is a more optimal solution for non-profits than a cash purchase option. Combined with grants or a utility-rebate, a solar lease negates the need for a large up-front payment, AND the utility savings from solar can more than cover the annual lease cost; therefore, a solar lease can enable non-profits to reduce their carbon footprint and operational costs.   

ESL is expanding our efforts to include grant assistance for targeted clients when appropriate.  This could include monies from private foundations, federal sources, and local groups that can lower the cost of solar and other emerging technologies like battery storage.   

Our current North Carolina clients that serve largely LMI and HMC communities include:

  • Lumbee Regional Development Association
  • Rebuilding Broken Places CDC
  • Durham Literacy Center
  • Oak City Baptist Church
  • Benevolence Farm
  • St Cyprian’s Episcopal Church
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
  • Lee Walker Heights affordable housing complex, Asheville

We have also begun assisting underserved communities in Alabama by installing solar on the Housing Authority of Birmingham’s Freedom Manor.

ESL’s efforts to expand access to solar have gained momentum, with our work highlighted at the 2022 North Carolina State Energy Conference, the 2022 American Solar Energy Society (ASES) national conference and the 2022 U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Division of Indian & Native American Programs Southeast and Midwest Workforce Conference. If you would like to learn more, please watch below.

If your nonprofit is interested in exploring solar energy please contact the North Carolina team via our email address: