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Groundswell is a 501c3 nonprofit that builds community power through equitable community solar projects and resilience centers, clean energy programs that reduce energy burdens, and pioneering research initiatives that help light the way to clean energy futures for all. Groundswell leads clean energy programs and projects in five states including the District of Columbia, serving more than 5,500 income-qualified customers with more than $2.75 million per year in clean energy savings.

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Groundswell is hiring! We are seeking qualified candidates for the VP of Energy Programs, Special Assistant to the CEO, ...
01/27/2023

Groundswell is hiring! We are seeking qualified candidates for the VP of Energy Programs, Special Assistant to the CEO, and HR Coordinator. For more information on each role and to apply click the link below:
https://groundswell.org/careers/-positions

Groundswell's Friars Sharepower project was awarded as a Special Recognition Winner for Greater Household Savings in the...
01/24/2023

Groundswell's Friars Sharepower project was awarded as a Special Recognition Winner for Greater Household Savings in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Sunny Awards' Meaningful Benefit Category! Additionally, DC Solar for All was awarded as a Grand Prize Winner.

Nicole, Rashad, and Emily from the Groundswell team attended the NCSP Annual Summit where these awards were announced. Congratulations to our team as well as the other finalists and prize winners!

The full announcement can be found here: https://www.energy.gov/communitysolar/sunny-awards-equitable-community-solar

01/24/2023
Nonprofit Best Practices for Equitable Community Solar

Join Dr. Elvis Moleka and Sara Owre — from Groundswell's Labs & Data Science Team — at 1 pm ET on January 24 for a discussion about opportunities available to nonprofits to spur equitable community solar development.

It's not too late to register for  taking place tomorrow (1/24/23) 1 PM ET! Join Dr. Elvis Moleka and Sara Owre for a di...
01/23/2023

It's not too late to register for taking place tomorrow (1/24/23) 1 PM ET! Join Dr. Elvis Moleka and Sara Owre for a discussion on Nonprofit Best Practices for Community Solar. Register today to learn more about the LIFT research which illustrates solutions for common barriers and tips for how to develop a successful solar project. Register here: Groundtruth.groundswell.org/webinars/

Zoom in for  on 01/24. Join the discussion on how the LIFT toolkit will promote best practices in developing community s...
01/19/2023

Zoom in for on 01/24. Join the discussion on how the LIFT toolkit will promote best practices in developing community solar and futures. Groundtruth.groundswell.org/webinars/

Community Solar at Paddington Square is providing clean energy savings to income-qualified subscribers in the Montgomery...
01/17/2023

Community Solar at Paddington Square is providing clean energy savings to income-qualified subscribers in the Montgomery and Prince George’s County area.

Interested in signing up? Learn more at https://groundswell.org/project/paddington/

Register today for Energy Futures 2023: Nonprofit Best Practices for Equitable Community Solar on January 24 at 1 p.m. E...
01/17/2023

Register today for Energy Futures 2023: Nonprofit Best Practices for Equitable Community Solar on January 24 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss opportunities for nonprofits to promote sustainable community solar development. In this free webinar Dr. Elvis Moleka and Sara Owre will share LIFT research that shows common challenges for nonprofits developing community solar and examples of product models that have overcome these challenges as well as other tips and best practices. Join us today to learn how to achieve a successful solar project based on researched case studies through the LIFT Toolkit, created by Groundswell in partnership with Clean Energy Works, Elevate, and Southface.

Register here: Groundtruth.groundswell.org/webinars/

We are looking for more subscribers in the Montgomery county region for our Paddington Square Solar project. Paddington ...
01/06/2023

We are looking for more subscribers in the Montgomery county region for our Paddington Square Solar project. Paddington Square is Montgomery County's first community solar project built to serve low and moderate-income households and improve energy equity in the Silver Spring area. Learn more here: https://groundswell.org/project/paddington/

Groundswell CEO Michelle Moore has joined the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) board alongside 5 colleagues. The TVA boa...
01/05/2023

Groundswell CEO Michelle Moore has joined the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) board alongside 5 colleagues. The TVA board makes decisions overseeing America's biggest public power utility. We are excited to see Michelle’s leadership in promoting clean, resilient power and environmental stewardship in the TVA’s 7 state region. Congratulations Michelle!
https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2023/jan/04/six-new-tva-directors-join-the-board/

SharePower™ enables you to purchase your energy from a local community solar project and share solar savings with your n...
01/04/2023

SharePower™ enables you to purchase your energy from a local community solar project and share solar savings with your neighbors. To learn more and sign up click the link: https://sharepower.groundswell.org/

Happy Holidays from the Groundswell team! In observance of the holidays our offices will be closed through January 2, 20...
12/26/2022

Happy Holidays from the Groundswell team! In observance of the holidays our offices will be closed through January 2, 2023. If you have a question about your subscription, please leave a message at 202) 505-3051, and we will get back to you after the holiday.

One of the great features of the lift toolkit is the case studies on solar projects around the country. Our Labs and Res...
12/19/2022

One of the great features of the lift toolkit is the case studies on solar projects around the country. Our Labs and Research team has published a case study on the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program, which is Largest multifamily housing solar initiative in the United States.

Click the link to learn more:https://groundswell-web-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/lift-solar/case-study/LIFT+Case+Study+-+IOU+-+CA_SOMAH+(Program).pdf

At Hillcrest Baptist Church, this behind-the-meter solar project will help the church save on energy costs through clean...
12/16/2022

At Hillcrest Baptist Church, this behind-the-meter solar project will help the church save on energy costs through clean, reliable energy. Located in the suburbs of South Chicago, this site will soon provide clean, locally generated energy through the Illinois Solar For All program thanks to a partnership between Hillcrest Baptist Church, SunLight General Capital, My Community Plan Foundation, and Groundswell.

For more updates check out our website: https://groundswell.org/project/behind-the-meter-at-hillcrest-baptist/

The newly launched  has many innovative features to highlight optimal community solar program designs and financing stru...
12/14/2022

The newly launched has many innovative features to highlight optimal community solar program designs and financing structures for low- and moderate-income (LMI) residential households in each common regulatory and utility service environment. One of these features is the Solar Project Map (pictured below) which shows 450+ solar projects across the nation.

To explore more features of the toolkit check out the website: https://lift.groundswell.org/

“The Resilient Maryland program awarded a comprehensive $300,000 award to clean energy nonprofit Groundswell, Inc., whic...
12/13/2022
Expanding Resilient Power in Maryland - Clean Energy States Alliance

“The Resilient Maryland program awarded a comprehensive $300,000 award to clean energy nonprofit Groundswell, Inc., which allowed it to gauge feasibility and complete preliminary solar PV and battery storage system designs for 26 prospective hub sites across the city, in its partnership with the Baltimore City government” - Learn more about how the is expanding resilient power in Maryland here: https://www.cesa.org/expanding-resilient-power-in-maryland/

The Maryland Energy Administration resilient power initiatives are helping Maryland organizations support their operations, protect communities, enhance sustainability, and achieve energy affordability. The Resilient Maryland Program provides funds to help pay for feasibility analyses, preconstructi...

11/29/2022
Giving Tuesday

Happy Giving Tuesday! In the spirit of gratitude and generosity we hope that you consider giving to Groundswell this Giving Tuesday to provide support to our various program areas nationwide.

We would love your support in brightening our future .There is No amount is too small and we encourage you to play a part in supporting clean energy, equity, community resilience, and sustainability. Whether it is a community solar project, a resilience hub, or an innovative research tool, Groundswell is committed to growing in our vision, our mission, and our values.


You can donate here: https://groundswell.org/donate/

Join us for the Sol Systems Building Partnerships to Address Community and Ecosystem Challenges Webinar taking place on ...
11/28/2022

Join us for the Sol Systems Building Partnerships to Address Community and Ecosystem Challenges Webinar taking place on 12/1/22 1:30-3 PM ET. The webinar will feature many speakers including David Wright to discuss their insights in developing infrastructure that is sustainable, the impact of clean energy investments on underserved communities, and fostering partnerships to ensure that community investments are sustainable and equitable.
Register for free today: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8Dqp9JYDTM2o4YhmUA113g

Happy Thanksgiving from Groundswell! 🦃 🍁 Our offices will be closed today (11.24) and tomorrow (11.25) If you have a que...
11/24/2022

Happy Thanksgiving from Groundswell! 🦃 🍁 Our offices will be closed today (11.24) and tomorrow (11.25)

If you have a question about your subscription, please leave a message at [email protected] or (202) 505-3051, and we will get back to you after the holiday.

Giving Tuesday is a week away! In the spirit of gratitude and generosity we hope that you consider giving to Groundswell...
11/22/2022

Giving Tuesday is a week away! In the spirit of gratitude and generosity we hope that you consider giving to Groundswell this Giving Tuesday to provide support to our various program areas nationwide. No amount is too small and we encourage you to play a part in supporting clean energy futures, community resilience, and sustainability.

https://groundswell.org/donate/

If you haven't registered for the  on November 17, it's not too late! Join us tomorrow at 1pm ET to discuss the launch o...
11/16/2022

If you haven't registered for the on November 17, it's not too late! Join us tomorrow at 1pm ET to discuss the launch of the new LIFT Toolkit. Speakers include Groundswell CEO Michelle Moore, VP of Labs and Data Science Elvis Moleka, and Program Manager, LABs & Data Science Sara Owre.

Register for free here: Groundtruth.groundswell.org/webinars/

It was great visiting Empowerment Temple in Baltimore this week! Empowerment Temple is the site of one our Baltimore res...
11/02/2022

It was great visiting Empowerment Temple in Baltimore this week! Empowerment Temple is the site of one our Baltimore resilience hubs. Stay tuned for our first podcast episode airing November 9th, we had the pleasure of interviewing the current pastor of Empowerment Temple Pastor Turner, Brother Mike, and Anthony Robinson.

Register today for Energy Futures 2022: Resources for LMI Community Solar Success on November 17th at 1PM ET. During thi...
10/31/2022

Register today for Energy Futures 2022: Resources for LMI Community Solar Success on November 17th at 1PM ET. During this webinar, Groundswell VP of Labs and Data Science Dr. Elvis Moleka and the LIFT team will discuss the new LIFT toolkit that will establish knowledge of the LMI community solar landscape, promote innovative community solar projects, and encourage the addition of new solar project information to the database. Join us on this interactive webinar focused on the insights and findings of the LIFT Solar Everywhere program by visiting Groundtruth.groundswell.org/webinars/

10/19/2022
Webinar

The DC Sustainable Energy Utility is seeking instructors to provide training to expand the District's green workforce and business opportunities.

To learn more there is an information session taking place on November 2nd from 12-1pm.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3Sh4ctc

We had a wonderful time at our staff retreat in Lynchburg, Virginia! During our time in Lynchburg, we learned how to lev...
10/18/2022

We had a wonderful time at our staff retreat in Lynchburg, Virginia! During our time in Lynchburg, we learned how to leverage our individual working styles to improve our teams and work together more effectively as an organization to build community power.

We are excited to use what we've learned to honor our mission, values, vision, and strategic plan.

“Rural counties across North Carolina carry the heaviest energy burdens across all income brackets…” Check out Dr. Elvis...
09/07/2022

“Rural counties across North Carolina carry the heaviest energy burdens across all income brackets…”

Check out Dr. Elvis Moleka’s research report that examines household energy burdens in North Carolina at a county level. Click the link below to learn more about rural energy burdens in North Carolina:

https://labs.groundswell.org/publications/

If you missed our  Energy Futures Webinar, you can catch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kN5hcTap4...
08/30/2022

If you missed our Energy Futures Webinar, you can catch the full video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kN5hcTap4o

Join Groundswell’s Rashad Williams and LIFT Partners Vito Greco and Jake Archbell from Elevate for a lively discussion of the key findings from Customer Experience for Low and Moderate-Income Community Solar Subscribers.

“A story of power and empowerment, Rural Renaissance shows that clean energy and sustainability aren’t just an affluent,...
08/25/2022

“A story of power and empowerment, Rural Renaissance shows that clean energy and sustainability aren’t just an affluent, urban lifestyle. Moore offers a vision in which clean power is the spark that drives flourishing rural communities”

“Rural Renaissance: Revitalizing America’s Hometowns through Clean Power” written by Michelle Moore is out now!

Learn more here: https://groundswell.org/news/amidst-historic-u.s.-investments-in-infrastructure-and-clean-energy,-industry-leader-provides-roadmap-for-rural-renaissance/

“…it’s hard to get everyone on the same page about clean energy, climate or carbon, but if you sit down and talk with so...
08/23/2022
How to kick-start a clean energy renaissance in rural America

“…it’s hard to get everyone on the same page about clean energy, climate or carbon, but if you sit down and talk with someone long enough, you can probably find somewhere you agree.” on how to build a . https://www.corporateknights.com/energy/how-to-kick-start-a-clean-energy-renaissance-in-rural-america/

In her new book, Rural Renaissance, Michelle Moore offers a guide for local leaders in rural America looking to transition their communities to clean energy

08/10/2022
Trends in Customer Experience for LMI Community Solar

On Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at Noon, join Groundswell’s Rashad Williams and LIFT Partners Vito Greco and Jake Archbell from Elevate for a lively discussion of the key findings from Customer Experience for Low- and Moderate-Income Community Solar Subscribers.

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Groundswell is hiring! We are seeking qualified candidates for the VP of Energy Programs, Special Assistant to the CEO, and HR Coordinator. For more information on each role and to apply click the link below:
https://groundswell.org/careers/-positions
Groundswell's Friars Sharepower project was awarded as a Special Recognition Winner for Greater Household Savings in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Sunny Awards' Meaningful Benefit Category! Additionally, DC Solar for All was awarded as a Grand Prize Winner.

Nicole, Rashad, and Emily from the Groundswell team attended the NCSP Annual Summit where these awards were announced. Congratulations to our team as well as the other finalists and prize winners!

The full announcement can be found here: https://www.energy.gov/communitysolar/sunny-awards-equitable-community-solar
Join Dr. Elvis Moleka and Sara Owre — from Groundswell's Labs & Data Science Team — at 1 pm ET on January 24 for a discussion about opportunities available to nonprofits to spur equitable community solar development.
It's not too late to register for taking place tomorrow (1/24/23) 1 PM ET! Join Dr. Elvis Moleka and Sara Owre for a discussion on Nonprofit Best Practices for Community Solar. Register today to learn more about the LIFT research which illustrates solutions for common barriers and tips for how to develop a successful solar project. Register here: Groundtruth.groundswell.org/webinars/

Zoom in for on 01/24. Join the discussion on how the LIFT toolkit will promote best practices in developing community solar and futures. Groundtruth.groundswell.org/webinars/
Community Solar at Paddington Square is providing clean energy savings to income-qualified subscribers in the Montgomery and Prince George’s County area.

Interested in signing up? Learn more at https://groundswell.org/project/paddington/
Register today for Energy Futures 2023: Nonprofit Best Practices for Equitable Community Solar on January 24 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss opportunities for nonprofits to promote sustainable community solar development. In this free webinar Dr. Elvis Moleka and Sara Owre will share LIFT research that shows common challenges for nonprofits developing community solar and examples of product models that have overcome these challenges as well as other tips and best practices. Join us today to learn how to achieve a successful solar project based on researched case studies through the LIFT Toolkit, created by Groundswell in partnership with Clean Energy Works, Elevate, and Southface.

Register here: Groundtruth.groundswell.org/webinars/
Join Rashad from Groundswell as he answers your FAQs on community solar and what makes Groundswell community solar subscriptions special. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1UADpLQfr0
We are looking for more subscribers in the Montgomery county region for our Paddington Square Solar project. Paddington Square is Montgomery County's first community solar project built to serve low and moderate-income households and improve energy equity in the Silver Spring area. Learn more here: https://groundswell.org/project/paddington/

Groundswell CEO Michelle Moore has joined the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) board alongside 5 colleagues. The TVA board makes decisions overseeing America's biggest public power utility. We are excited to see Michelle’s leadership in promoting clean, resilient power and environmental stewardship in the TVA’s 7 state region. Congratulations Michelle!
https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2023/jan/04/six-new-tva-directors-join-the-board/
SharePower™ enables you to purchase your energy from a local community solar project and share solar savings with your neighbors. To learn more and sign up click the link: https://sharepower.groundswell.org/
Happy Holidays from the Groundswell team! In observance of the holidays our offices will be closed through January 2, 2023. If you have a question about your subscription, please leave a message at 202) 505-3051, and we will get back to you after the holiday.
Sylvester Chabuka reflects on his time at Groundswell, his experience in the US, and shares some of the lessons he plans to take home to Malawi in this heartfelt article. To learn more click the link below: https://stories.groundswell.org/bringing-energy-equity-home/
One of the great features of the lift toolkit is the case studies on solar projects around the country. Our Labs and Research team has published a case study on the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program, which is Largest multifamily housing solar initiative in the United States.

Click the link to learn more:https://groundswell-web-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/lift-solar/case-study/LIFT+Case+Study+-+IOU+-+CA_SOMAH+(Program).pdf

At Hillcrest Baptist Church, this behind-the-meter solar project will help the church save on energy costs through clean, reliable energy. Located in the suburbs of South Chicago, this site will soon provide clean, locally generated energy through the Illinois Solar For All program thanks to a partnership between Hillcrest Baptist Church, SunLight General Capital, My Community Plan Foundation, and Groundswell.

For more updates check out our website: https://groundswell.org/project/behind-the-meter-at-hillcrest-baptist/
The newly launched has many innovative features to highlight optimal community solar program designs and financing structures for low- and moderate-income (LMI) residential households in each common regulatory and utility service environment. One of these features is the Solar Project Map (pictured below) which shows 450+ solar projects across the nation.

To explore more features of the toolkit check out the website: https://lift.groundswell.org/
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