Close-up photo of a residential building roof with two solar panels.

Solar energy helps provide hot water for residents of this home.
Credit: Eugene Water & Electric Board.

The Utility Solar Water Heating Initiative (USH2O) is a coalition of utilities and the solar thermal industry that works to increase the use of solar thermal technologies on a large scale.

USH2O advocates the application of solar water heating for renewable portfolio standards (requiring that a percentage of utility electric sales are produced or offset by the use of renewable energy sources) and green pricing programs (providing customers with the option to purchase and support renewables).

The following pages provide information about the purpose and activities of USH2O, as well as links to a list of partners.