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Chris Nichols

Chris Nichols, Senior Program Manager, has driven innovation in clean energy programs and policies for more than 30 years, in Federal, non-profit and for-profit organizations. She brings strong management and energy strategy skills to Groundswell, with vision, passion and a deep network of similarly devoted clean energy professionals to accelerate collaborative work for expanded clean energy services.

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  • Transformation is a Verb

    Transformation is a Verb

    Groundswell champions the value of transformation – deeply understanding the systems and constraints of “what is” in order to move toward “what should be.” We work with communities across the country, listening and walking beside our neighbors from many different backgrounds and income levels to hear and empower our partner communities in shaping a shared energy future. This takes a lot of work and much more time than imposing an existing system “from the top.” 

    May 11, 2020

  • LIFT Needs Your Data!

    LIFT Needs Your Data!

    Calls for Shared Data to Benefit LMI Families

    The LIFT collaborative research project, led by Groundswell, is asking for clean energy program data (efficiency and/or solar programming) from stakeholders nationwide to support its research. LIFT’s analyses will benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) families by informing the creation of a ‘tool kit’ of optimal clean energy program and financing designs to serve LMI families with fairly priced, unsubsidized access to solar energy.

    December 27, 2019

  • LIFT Solar Research Collaborative Update: June/July

    LIFT Solar Research Collaborative Update: June/July

    The DOE awarded Groundswell and its partners Elevate Energy, Southface, and Clean Energy Works funds for a research collaboration. The project, called Accelerating Low-Income Financing and Transactions for Solar Access Everywhere or “LIFT Solar Everywhere” will determine the optimal financing and program elements (customer experience factors) that community solar projects need to best serve every member of our communities, and especially our energy burdened neighbors. LIFT will use data from energy efficiency, solar and community solar programs nationwide to analyze how best to serve low-income families.

    July 04, 2019