In May 2019, Groundswell, with its partner organizations Elevate Energy, Southface and Clean Energy Works, launched a three-year research and demonstration program with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). Groundswell’s “LIFT” program will conduct research and develop program designs to rapidly accelerate accessible, market-based, scalable community solar and energy efficiency programs for low-income households and communities in at least a dozen states.
Groundswell leads the collaborative “Accelerating Low-Income Financing and Transactions for Solar Access Everywhere (LIFT Solar Everywhere)” project, with the goal of developing optimal program design and pricing for working families in each common regulatory and utility service environment. LIFT’s research will serve both renters and homeowners.
Each LIFT partner will contribute actual energy efficiency, solar and community solar customer data to the research effort from the many community solar and clean energy projects that the groups have established serving low-and moderate-income families. LIFT will also gather and analyze data nationally from similar community solar programs, improving accuracy and developing strong, thriving program designs to serve low-income families.
For more information or questions about the LIFT Program, please contact Chris Nichols (firstname.lastname@example.org
The Solar Energy Technologies Office supports early-stage research and development in the solar technologies with the goal of improving the affordability, reliability, and performance of solar technologies on the grid. Learn more at energy.gov/solar-office. The LIFT Solar Everywhere program is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, under Award Number No. DE-EE0008567.