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Groundswell builds community power. We develop community solar projects and subscriber management programs that connect solar power with economic empowerment for local 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 in need behind. True to our green jobs roots, Groundswell incorporates workforce training and apprenticeship opportunities into our work through collaborative partnerships. Complementing our community solar programs, we also offer additional clean power savings with energy efficiency through partnerships.

Articles by Groundswell

  • Watching DC Solar Stories Episode 2

    Watching DC Solar Stories Episode 2

    Here in the District — as in many places — some residents struggle with high energy bills each month. But through the DC Solar For All program, members of our community are beginning to see savings through solar energy.

    December 01, 2020

  • Watching DC Solar Stories: Episode 1

    Watching DC Solar Stories: Episode 1

    What is Solar For All, and how did this program get started? The DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) breaks these questions and more down in “Solar For All,” the first episode of its DC Solar Stories Documentary Series.

    November 16, 2020

  • DC Solar for All delivering community solar savings to 2,490 Residents

    DC Solar for All delivering community solar savings to 2,490 Residents

    Since September 2019, more than three thousand DC residents have signed up to take part in the DC Solar For All program which makes local, clean energy more available throughout the District.

    November 01, 2020

  • What is Community Solar?

    What is Community Solar?

    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.

    October 05, 2020

  • Road to Groundswell: Elvis Moleka

    Road to Groundswell: Elvis Moleka

    Groundswell is excited to welcome Dr. Elvis Moleka to our team as our new Data Science and Research Fellow. Dr. Moleka has more than 15 years of progressive experience in finance, risk management, data and quantitative analytics, performing complex model validation analyses, and creating executive summaries of findings, which he is already applying to his work at Groundswell.

    September 02, 2020

  • 28 Empowered Subscriptions Are Available Now!

    28 Empowered Subscriptions Are Available Now!

    COVID-19 is hitting the pocketbooks of DC residents hard and some of us are being forced to choose between food, utilities and rent. We want to help make that choice easier. We’re reaching out to inform DC renters and homeowners that if you receive benefits through SNAP, TANF, Section 8 or SSI you are automatically qualified to cut your utility bill in half through a Groundswell Community Solar Project. This means you could begin reducing your utility bill now, so you can use your money for immediate needs during this crisis. If you don’t use SNAP, TANF or SSI, that's ok - you can still qualify for this program based on household income and other qualifications.

    July 16, 2020

  • Preparing for Power

    Preparing for Power

    On June 19, 2020, Groundswell will host a Juneteenth celebration to kick off our bi-weekly Prepare for Power concert series. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S., and it is an important day to celebrate freedom while making room for new leaders to cast their vision and carry the future forward.

    June 18, 2020

  • Partnering to deliver Wind Power

    Partnering to deliver Wind Power

    Groundswell alum and executive director of The Community Purchasing Alliance Felipe Witchger convenes over 150 community based institutions Groundswell has worked with to join CPA on a group call

    I watched the clean energy movement fall short in 2009 as climate policy failed to pass in the US Senate by one vote. One vote! I will never forget that feeling of disappointment and frustration. Eager to organize to push this movement forward, I joined the Groundswell team in August of 2010.

    April 16, 2020

  • Helping DC Neighbors Who’ve Lost their Jobs due to COVID-19

    Helping DC Neighbors Who’ve Lost their Jobs due to COVID-19

    Seven Free Community Solar Subscriptions Now Available, Applications due by April 9

    April 07, 2020

  • Revolutionizing transportation and sustainability

    Revolutionizing transportation and sustainability

    This month, in honor of Women's History Month, Groundswell is celebrating the accomplishments of women making a lasting impact in the field of sustainability. We decided to let the rubber hit the road by talking to Harriet Langford, the founder and president of The Ray and a trustee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

    March 05, 2020

  • Groundswell Presents: Energy Futures

    Groundswell Presents: Energy Futures

    You’re invited to join Groundswell for a series of webinars on Energy Futures.

    March 01, 2020

  • Share Power for Giving Tuesday!

    Share Power for Giving Tuesday!

    Today is Giving Tuesday, and as millions of Americans donate to their favorite NGO’s, we want to re-introduce how Groundswell is using our Share Power™ Community Solar program to bring affordable clean energy to people across the district and show how you can join us. 

    December 03, 2019