Rural communities are often left out of conversations about economic growth and funding opportunities, but on October 25-27, federal officials, financiers, researchers, and experts on key areas of opportunity will gather in the home of rural economic innovation to change that at the Rural Renaissance Roadshow hosted by Groundswell.
As America moves forward with its biggest investment in rural power in 100 years, Groundswell announces its first-ever Rural Renaissance Roadshow, to take place from October 25-27 in Bentonville, Arkansas. The roadshow will feature practical workshops on topics ranging from how agrivoltaics can help farmers produce food and solar power to how clean energy supports main street economic development, with sessions designed to equip rural leaders with the information and practical technical support that communities need to get local projects funded and built.
On June 16, Groundswell, in partnership with Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church, SunLight General Capital, Working Power, and the Office of the People's Counsel, celebrated the newest DC Solar for All community solar array, which will bring the number of income-qualified DC residents receiving free solar electricity to more than 6,000 households, as a part of the DC Department of Energy and Environment’s (DOEE) Solar for All program.
USDA’s announcement today of $11 billion in grants and loans to build resilient, reliable, affordable clean energy is the biggest single investment in rural power since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed The TVA Act almost exactly 90 years ago on May 18, 1933 – creating the Tennessee Valley Authority, which still serves more than 10 million people across Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia today.
White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory joined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Reggie A. Taylor today to announce a $575,546 Housing Preservation Grant that will be used for home repairs that will enable energy efficiency upgrades for at least 22 low- and very-low-income Troup County families through the Better Homes Rural Troup (BHRT) program.
“The Inflation Reduction Act’s bonus credits – together with its provisions for a ‘direct pay’ option that will enable nonprofits such as churches, nonprofit housing organizations, and other community-based nonprofits to fully participate in solar project ownership – are potential game-changers for building a just and equitable clean energy economy.
JANUARY 11, 2023, Washington, DC – Groundswell, a nonprofit that builds community power through equitable community solar projects and resilience hubs, announced its selection to receive a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance community energy resilience.