Designing and Implementing Energy Efficiency Programs…Beyond Energy


Preserving affordable housing continues to be a priority for all major cities in the US. The Nation’s Capital has expanded on this effort to run innovative low-income energy efficiency programs to do more than just energy efficiency. The DC Sustainable Energy Utility's (DCSEU) Income Qualified Efficiency Fund is designed to support projects that improve buildings, neighborhoods, or whole communities, while generating green jobs.

Further, the strong emphasis on utilizing local contractors to perform the work held spur economic development in these communities.  The engagement of building owners and their residents is an important aspect of the program.

The presentation will detail how a successful low-income program can be designed to meet multiple goals for the city, inclusive of job creation, utilization of local contractors, and meaningful energy savings for the most vulnerable residents.


Solome Girma

Director, Program Management Office

DC Sustainable Energy Utility

Solome is Director of the Program Management Office at the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU). In her roll, she places a priority on client management and has deep experience as an energy consultant for energy facilities management and HVAC.

Prior to her time at DCSEU, Solome served as an Energy Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy, working on zero energy buildings and energy efficiency. She was also an Energy Solutions Performance Engineer at Johnson Controls.

Solome holds Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University and Master of Science degree from George Washington University in Engineering Management with a concentration in Environmental and Energy Management.

Solome is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and standing member of the Association of Energy Engineers.