Groundswell’s mission is building community power. Our vision is a clean energy economy that equitably serves all people with a diverse supply chain that is free of representation and wage gaps; and that generates wealth, work, and savings for all the communities it serves. Toward these outcomes, we develop community solar projects and subscriber management programs that connect solar power with economic empowerment for marginalized communities. We believe that clean energy is a necessity, not a luxury. We’re all in this together, and we can’t afford to leave our neighbors behind.
Sharing power matters. Today, across our nation, the poorest 20% of Americans are paying 10% or more of their total income for electricity and more than half of America can’t access solar.
Launched in November 2015, Groundswell’s community solar programs enable neighbors to share power, cutting electricity bills in half for LMI households. We are active in the market now and currently have more than 3 MW of projects in development in the DC and Maryland area, 250 kW in Hawaii, 50 MW in rural Georgia, and we have secured a pipeline of more than 9 MW in Illinois. Additionally, we have implemented education-focused demonstration projects in Illinois, North Carolina, and Georgia with corporate sponsors. This portfolio of projects includes several firsts: the first demonstration of our innovative project finance model; the first pollinator-friendly solar installation in the District; Baltimore’s first solar storage resiliency project; and Georgia’s first municipal utility solar project. Our team also serves as technical advisors on multiple projects in New York.Equitable access to solar jobs is central to our model. Groundswell incorporates workforce training and energy efficiency programming into our projects through place-based partnerships — such as deploying a groundbreaking LMI energy efficiency program for rural Georgia with nonprofit Southface, and seeking opportunities to expand LMI energy efficiency in DC with Elevate Energy.
Groundswell is a registered 501c3 nonprofit.