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Groundswell

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Washington Order of Discalced Carmelite Friars Project Blessing

    The Washington Order of Discalced Carmelite Friars Project Blessing

    On Monday October 21, 2019, Groundswell hosted a blessing event to celebrate the completion of our 151 kilowatt community solar project located at the Monastery of Washington Province of Friars of the Discalced Carmelite. The project was born out of the Discalced Carmelite Friars desire to establish a greater connection with the community surrounding the monastery and make a positive contribution to it as part of their mission of service. The event also served as the official launch of Groundswell’s Share Power™ Community Solar Program.

    November 07, 2019

  • Groundswell named the winner of the Bronze Stevie® Award

    Groundswell named the winner of the Bronze Stevie® Award

    Groundswell was recently named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Energy Industry Innovation of the Year category in The 17th Annual American Business Awards®. The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.'s premier business awards program.

    May 09, 2019

  • Black Green History: Growing Opportunities from Within

    Black Green History: Growing Opportunities from Within

    Brad Boston, Suncatch Solar Construction owner and 4th generation electrical contractor, shares about his experience in electric and solar construction. With SunCatch, Brad makes Black Green History by advocating and facilitating opportunities for workforce development within the local community.

    February 26, 2019

  • Black Green History:​ Increasing Diversity in the Solar Market

    Black Green History:​ Increasing Diversity in the Solar Market

    We caught up with Terrell Richmond, president and CEO of NYMBUS, to review the compelling findings in his new report and ideas on how to increase the opportunities for diverse participation in the Baltimore and D.C. solar industry.

    February 12, 2019