Groundswell

Groundswell Groundswell organizes community power to bring economic equity to the energy sector. We believe that clean energy is a necessity, not a luxury good; we’re all in this together; and it’s not OK to leave our neighbors who are struggling behind.
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That’s why we offer place-based programs in equitable community solar, energy efficiency, rooftop solar, and affordable wind power.

Mission: Groundswell organizes community power to bring economic equity to the energy sector. We believe that clean energy is a necessity, not a luxury good; we’re all in this together; and it’s not OK to leave our neighbors who are struggling behind. That’s why we offer place-based programs in equitable community solar, energy efficiency, rooftop solar, and affordable wind power.

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We are glad to serve our neighbors in DC through #communitysolar projects like this one at the Monastery of Our Lady Mt....
11/18/2020

We are glad to serve our neighbors in DC through #communitysolar projects like this one at the Monastery of Our Lady Mt. Carmel.

To learn more about how this project is helping our neighbors who struggle with energy bills or to subscribe to solar, visit Groundswell.org/dc-friars/

We are energized to talk about developing community solar in Montgomery County on Thursday at 2:30 pm Montgomery County ...
11/16/2020

We are energized to talk about developing community solar in Montgomery County on Thursday at 2:30 pm Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and USGBC National Capital Region's Mongomery County Energy Summit! ⚡

There are some great speakers this year, and we are honored to take part!
https://www.mcenergysummit.org

Our Empowered subscribers save about $500 a year on energy through SharePower, but everyone can save with this easy tip:...
11/13/2020

Our Empowered subscribers save about $500 a year on energy through SharePower, but everyone can save with this easy tip:

Save #energy and money by trading out some of your most frequently used light bulbs with LED models. #EEtip

#TBT to when we released a white paper detailing the critical relationship between energy and economic opportunity. #Equ...
11/12/2020

#TBT to when we released a white paper detailing the critical relationship between energy and economic opportunity. #Equity is essential to all our work and research.

Check out this transformative research at: Groundswell.org/from-power-to-empowerment/

This Veterans Day, we would like to thank all of those who have served our country, especially our very own CPO Lenwood ...
11/11/2020

This Veterans Day, we would like to thank all of those who have served our country, especially our very own CPO Lenwood Coleman.

We couldn't resist sharing a few more pictures of this awesome project in Ward 7!We had a great time planting trees — an...
11/10/2020

We couldn't resist sharing a few more pictures of this awesome project in Ward 7!

We had a great time planting trees — and helping a local church save money through storm water management — on Friday with Green Compass, Casey Trees, members of The Dupont Park Seventh Day Adventist Church board, and community members!

To learn more, visit http://Greencompass.app.box.com/s/ilepu78xb4gou37murvyesp1xo0pmsb0

Groundswell offers Empowered subscriptions — worth about $500 in annual utility savings —  to residents who are eligible...
11/06/2020

Groundswell offers Empowered subscriptions — worth about $500 in annual utility savings — to residents who are eligible for SNAP, TANF, Section 8 or SSI. To sign up, visit https://bit.ly/2OWwiMt.

In the meantime, here is an #energyefficiencytip to take you into the weekend:

Groundswell is leading transformative research on ways to make #energy more equitable. Check out the latest on how partn...
11/06/2020

Groundswell is leading transformative research on ways to make #energy more equitable.

Check out the latest on how partnerships are driving equity at Groundswell.org/story/section/communitites-corporates/

We are #energized to be able to help plant trees this morning in Ward 7!This morning, Green Compass, Casey Trees, Ground...
11/06/2020

We are #energized to be able to help plant trees this morning in Ward 7!

This morning, Green Compass, Casey Trees, Groundswell, Members of the Dupont Park Seventh Day Adventist Church board, and community members gathered to plant trees in Ward 7 near Dupont Park Seventh Day Adventist Church and St. Luke Baptist Church.

This project was made possible by a $20,000 USD TD Green Space Grant from TD Bank Group and the Arbor Day Foundation to Green Compass, in partnership with Casey Trees. To learn more about the project, visit Greencompass.app.box.com/s/ilepu78xb4gou37murvyesp1xo0pmsb0

Groundswell is proud to welcome Teara Harris to our team as our new Community Building Associate! Teara is already worki...
11/05/2020

Groundswell is proud to welcome Teara Harris to our team as our new Community Building Associate! Teara is already working with LaGrange residents to help them #SaveWithSOUL.

11/04/2020
The SOUL Program Success Story

We are excited to help LaGrange residents Save On Utilities Long term through free energy assessments and energy upgrades that cost renters and homeowners no-money out of pocket!

Check out how SOUL is already helping people save money at: https://youtu.be/I6y0a0eq1-M

The City of LaGrange in partnership with Groundswell and EEtility is glad to bring SOUL to the community, and we’re optimistic about its potential to help mo...

Our team has voted. Have you? #Vote
11/03/2020

Our team has voted. Have you? #Vote

We had a great time talking to residents in LaGrange, Georgia, about how they can #SaveWithSOUL during the Community Dre...
10/29/2020

We had a great time talking to residents in LaGrange, Georgia, about how they can #SaveWithSOUL during the Community Dream event earlier this week. To learn more about SOUL visit https://lagrangesoul.com

Nights starting to get cooler, so now is the perfect time to caulk and seal window seams, cracks, and openings. A few mi...
10/23/2020

Nights starting to get cooler, so now is the perfect time to caulk and seal window seams, cracks, and openings. A few minutes and some caulk can save you money and energy. #eetip

This week, Salesforce published “More than a Megawatt” with contributions from Groundswell, Ceres, Defenders of Wildlife...
10/22/2020
More than a Megawatt on the Ground

This week, Salesforce published “More than a Megawatt” with contributions from Groundswell, Ceres, Defenders of Wildlife, Green Electronics Council, The Nature Conservancy, the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Alliance (REBA), and WattTime. This paper is a collaborative first step to address how a unit of power, the megawatt, goes beyond electricity.

Salesforce has become one of the largest tech companies in this country with one premise — focusing on the customer. In becoming the world’s largest customer relationship management platform, the company has brought hundreds of thinkers, innovators, and doers together. In its latest renewable energy journey, it has allowed us and others to think beyond the megawatt.

Salesforce’s white paper explores what it means to incorporate environmental and social aspects beyond carbon offsets in evaluating renewable energy projects. Groundswell is excited to lend its expertise to this critical work. The massive tech industry is like a sister sector to the renewable energy industry. This paper acknowledges that renewable energy can deliver solutions on a wide range of issues, such as community engagement. In the paper, Salesforce says: “For us, purchasing renewable energy is about much more than adding new megawatts of renewable energy to the grid. It’s about improving the state of the world.”

Certainly, seven NGOs and one company do not have all the answers. However, we believe that this pivot to a holistic evaluation of renewable energy projects is a critical step for the industry. The goal of the white paper is to begin asking questions about impacts beyond CO2 emissions, and the chapter on “Community Engagement” pushes us to ask, “If we could ask one or two things from a megawatt to help the community, what would we ask for?”

We don’t have all the answers, but when a company capable of groundbreaking change asked us what they should consider when evaluating community support and engagement, we knew it was time to take that first step.

“More than ever, buyers need to integrate the social impacts of the PPA to consider issues involving race, equity, and environmental justice,” said Lily Donge, Groundswell Program Director of Corporate Innovation for Communities.

When companies like Salesforce, Google, or Apple source from renewable energy, the impacts are not just local. They pave the way for Corporate America to follow. Now, we ask that you join us in seeking a clearer solution during a critical period of historic change for the community.

In the “Community Engagement” chapter of the white paper, we propose that projects be scored on a scale of one to five, evaluating community perception with a benefit-sharing model. The truth is that no one corporate renewable project has reached all measures of a “5.” But then again, most projects do not even question who is ultimately responsible for the community engagement — the developer or the buyer? Who answers these questions becomes just as important as who asks the question.

We could even imagine a “6” — community projects driven, built, owned, and operated by the community itself. There is no perfect measure of community engagement and no one way to measure how community members perceive a project. So, we must take a bold first step to frame the conversation.

Groundswell and REBA have partnered to take this discussion forward with corporate and community leaders. We will look for “Request for Proposal” language that the industry can use, create tools to prepare corporate decision-makers, and test the boundaries of what companies and communities can reasonably expect as we transition to a new renewable future.

Please let us know if you would like to join other leaders in this vital conversation by reaching out to [email protected].

https://bit.ly/35pxvU1

This week, Salesforce published “More than a Megawatt” with contributions from Groundswell, Ceres, Defenders of Wildlife, Green Electronics Council, The Nature Conservancy, the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Alliance (REBA), and WattTime. This paper is a collaborative first step to address how a uni...

Groundswell is excited to announce that Emily Robichaux has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer! Congratulations, E...
10/16/2020

Groundswell is excited to announce that Emily Robichaux has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer! Congratulations, Emily! Thank you for helping us build community power!

Groundswell is excited to welcome Nicole Sonderegger to our team as our new Solar Program Operations Manager. Nicole bri...
10/16/2020
Road to Groundswell: Nicole Sonderegger

Groundswell is excited to welcome Nicole Sonderegger to our team as our new Solar Program Operations Manager. Nicole brings with her a passion for empowering underserved communities and experience leveraging business acumen to build sustainable and scalable solutions for a more equitable and greener future.

In this installment of our "Road to Groundswell" series, Nicole shares her story.
https://groundswell.org/road-to-groundswell-nicole-sonderegger/

Groundswell is excited to welcome Nicole Sonderegger to our team as our new Solar Program Operations Manager. Nicole brings with her a passion for empowering underserved communities and experience leveraging business acumen to build sustainable and scalable solutions for a more equitable and greener...

Groundswell is excited to announce that Lenwood Coleman has been promoted to Chief Program Officer! Congratulations, Len...
10/15/2020

Groundswell is excited to announce that Lenwood Coleman has been promoted to Chief Program Officer! Congratulations, Lenwood! Thank you for helping us build community power!

Groundswell Senior Program Manager Chris Nichols is looking forward to sharing Innovations in Utility Partnerships for R...
10/15/2020
VERGE 20 | Hopin

Groundswell Senior Program Manager Chris Nichols is looking forward to sharing Innovations in Utility Partnerships for Renewables with everyone at #VERGE20 on 10/26 at 1:30 p.m.
Please join us for this discussion! Register here and save 15%: https://bit.ly/3jS8pTZ

The VERGE 20 online event is the leading platform for accelerating the clean economy.

Groundswell is proud to welcome Nicole Sonderegger to our team as our new Solar Program Operations Manager!
10/14/2020

Groundswell is proud to welcome Nicole Sonderegger to our team as our new Solar Program Operations Manager!

Groundswell CPO Lenwood Coleman looks forward to speaking at a lightning talk at #VERGE20 on 10/29 at noon. We invite yo...
10/08/2020
VERGE 20

Groundswell CPO Lenwood Coleman looks forward to speaking at a lightning talk at #VERGE20 on 10/29 at noon. We invite you to get inspired, informed & empowered to advance systemic solutions to address the climate crisis at this conference. https://bit.ly/2Zzgyok

The VERGE 20 conference and expo is the platform for companies, cities and communities accelerating the clean economy. Join more than 3,000 leaders — from the private and public sectors, utilities, solution providers, NGOs and startups — to explore scalable, cross-cutting solutions and to advanc...

#FAQ: If I subscribe to community solar, will I still receive power from my local utility?Yes. Your electric utility wil...
10/07/2020

#FAQ: If I subscribe to community solar, will I still receive power from my local utility?

Yes. Your electric utility will continue to supply your power, but you will see credits on your bill reflecting the solar power generated on your behalf by local solar panels.

In LaGrange, residents are continuing to #SaveWithSOUL. SOUL improves home energy efficiency and uses the resulting ener...
10/06/2020

In LaGrange, residents are continuing to #SaveWithSOUL. SOUL improves home energy efficiency and uses the resulting energy savings to reduce resident utility bills and pay for the cost of installations.
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Learn more at https://lagrangesoul.com

We had a great time listening to our CFO Emily Robichaux speak at Be Social Change's Anti Racist Business Virtual Summit...
10/06/2020
Anti Racist Business Summit Live - Be Social Change

We had a great time listening to our CFO Emily Robichaux speak at Be Social Change's Anti Racist Business Virtual Summit last week with IMPACCT Brooklyn Executive Director Bernell Grier, and reSET Social Enterprise Trust Executive Director Sarah Rose Bodley about building infrastructure for a just and equitable economy.

Watch this great discussion on Session 8 at https://www.besocialchange.com/anti-racist-business-summit-live/

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Groundswell is energized to welcome new community solar subscribers to share power every day. We are making clean energy...
10/05/2020

Groundswell is energized to welcome new community solar subscribers to share power every day. We are making clean energy more equitable and accessible to everyone throughout the communities we serve through community solar.

For many, this is their first time hearing about community solar, much less subscribing to it, so we wanted to take a moment to answer some of the most common questions we hear from new community solar subscribers.

Check out the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions at Groundswell.org/what-is-community-solar/

Groundswell currently serves more than 3,000 income-qualified households with affordable clean energy, but everyone can ...
10/02/2020

Groundswell currently serves more than 3,000 income-qualified households with affordable clean energy, but everyone can save with this easy energy tip:

Fight the fall chill! Caulking under windows can protect against drafts and save you energy ⚡ and money.
#EETip

Groundswell community solar is available to everyone, regardless if you rent or own. With community solar projects in DC...
10/02/2020

Groundswell community solar is available to everyone, regardless if you rent or own. With community solar projects in DC, Maryland and Illinois it is easy to get started with your community solar subscription by visiting https://groundswell.org/join/.

#TBT to April 2019, when we met with partners in Illinois to talk about aligning values with value through community sol...
10/01/2020

#TBT to April 2019, when we met with partners in Illinois to talk about aligning values with value through community solar.

09/30/2020
City of LaGrange Georgia Government

We are energized to continue to help our neighbors in LaGrange #SaveWithSOUL. Many of our neighbors who may qualify for SOUL can expect to see a letter in their mailbox soon, but if you think you may qualify, don't wait! Sign up today at https://lagrangesoul.com or call (706) 413-1642.

The City of LaGrange continues to be ranked among the lowest cost utility providers in the state, but some residents still struggle to pay high utility bills due to energy usage. City leaders recently conducted a housing survey to understand the cause and identified energy inefficiency as a leading factor. The City of LaGrange in partnership with Groundswell and EEtility is glad to bring SOUL to the community, and we’re optimistic about its potential to help more people enjoy a more affordable and better quality of life.

If you are interested in participating in the SOUL pilot program or would like to learn more about the program, visit www.lagrangesoul.com or call (706) 413-1642. You can also email [email protected]

Groundswell and The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance are joining forces to accelerate an equitable clean energy future f...
09/29/2020

Groundswell and The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance are joining forces to accelerate an equitable clean energy future for all by leveraging corporate renewable energy purchases to deliver local community benefits alongside clean energy.

Read about how this partnership got started and what we hope to accomplish on Groundswell.org’s Stories page or at https://bit.ly/3i99XHC.

We are #energized to serve our neighbors and get stuff done as it begins to feel like fall outside. Here one of our cust...
09/29/2020

We are #energized to serve our neighbors and get stuff done as it begins to feel like fall outside. Here one of our customer support associates pauses to take a pic of her #desksetup. #behindthescenes

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Groundswell organizes community power to bring economic equity to the energy sector. We believe that clean energy is a necessity, not a luxury good; we’re all in this together; and it’s not OK to leave our neighbors who are struggling behind. That’s why we offer place-based programs in equitable community solar, energy efficiency, and rooftop solar.


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