Photovoltaic solar panels are on stage under a shining sun and banner that reads "Inclusive Solar Outreach Awards"

Note: This competition launched under a different name. 

The Inclusive Solar Outreach Awards are designed to identify and share best practices in communications campaigns reaching diverse and underrepresented audiences.

The Inclusive Solar Outreach Awards recognize communications campaigns that demonstrate excellence in strategic, effective, inclusive, and meaningful communication to diverse audiences across digital, video, podcasts, mobile, print, social media, and more.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is soliciting the talents of organizations, businesses, and communications professionals engaging diverse audiences in their outreach in order to gather best practices. The Inclusive Solar Outreach Awards will help expand the equitable adoption of solar energy, especially in underrepresented communities, and increase the diversity of the solar workforce by sharing and encouraging the wider adoption of best practices.


Participants will submit materials that demonstrate successful communications campaigns that set and achieve ambitious goals to increase solar energy adoption or solar workforce recruitment and retention. These goals and the campaign methods and mediums should be tailored to their chosen target audience. Goals can be qualitative or quantitative, but excellent campaigns will be able to show evidence that their campaign has had a positive impact on their target audience. 

Campaigns must fit one of the following award categories:

  • Residential solar adoption
  • Community solar subscription
  • Solar co-op subscription
  • Utility-scale solar community engagement
  • Workforce recruitment and/or retention

Winners will be recognized in a public webinar to present their campaigns and discuss the outreach tactics that were most effective in reaching their target audiences. DOE will also develop a guide based on best practices used by the winning campaigns to encourage greater adoption of these practices. No cash prizes will be awarded.

The award will run on an annual cycle, following this timeline:  

  • For the 2022 submission period, the intent is to recognize campaigns launched in 2021.  
  • For the 2023 submission period, the intent is to recognize campaigns launched in 2022.  
  • For the 2024 submission period, the intent is to recognize campaigns launched in 2023. 

2022 Timeline

  • The contest opened on March 24, 2022, and the application period closes June 10, 2022.
  • DOE expects to announce winners in August 2022.

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The Inclusive Solar Outreach Awards are part of the American-Made Challenges and are administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory