Community Power

  • 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

  • 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

  • Faith in Place Green Team Summit

    Faith in Place Green Team Summit

    On a clear, sunny weekend in mid-September, our community partners at Faith in Place hosted the fourth annual Green Team Summit at Chicago’s Field Museum. People from across Illinois joined together for an energizing exchange of knowledge, questions, and ideas around how to promote environmental stewardship within organizations, engaging in a series of workshops focused on action within communities of faith.

    October 22, 2019

  • Our Road to Groundswell: The Monastery of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

    Our Road to Groundswell: The Monastery of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

    The Monastery of Our Lady Mt. Carmel in northeast Washington, DC is located on a serene, 5-acre campus that is home to the Discalced Carmelite Friars. The Discalced Carmelite Friars of Washington, DC are called to a quiet life of prayer, contemplation and service. They are seeking 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.

    September 25, 2019

  • O-Zones for Clean Energy

    O-Zones for Clean Energy

    With over 30 years of experience supporting teams, advising projects, and writing reports on urban sustainability; Julia Parzen is a thought leader in the field. Julia wrote for Groundswell about various Opportunity Zone initiatives that are bringing affordable solar energy to economically diverse communities across the country. We’re excited to share Julia’s comprehensive research on a few of the numerous economic incentives available to help inform the urban sustainability field nationally, and connect solar project developers looking to offer similar programs with the resources to do so.

    August 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

  • Community Solar Kick Off: St. Luke Baptist Church, D.C.

    Community Solar Kick Off: St. Luke Baptist Church, D.C.

    Celebrations were in order as Groundswell kicked off its second community solar project in D.C. at the 100-year-old St. Luke Baptist church in Ward 4’s historic 16th Street Heights neighborhood. The 55 kW roof installation will deliver 100% of the electricity it generates to 15 low-income families in the community at no cost as a part of the District of Columbia’s Solar for All program, cutting each family’s utility bill in half.

    June 17, 2019

  • Solar in Bloom at LaGrange Housing Authority

    Solar in Bloom at LaGrange Housing Authority

    Groundswell recently collaborated with the Solutions Project, a nonprofit that funds renewable energy projects that build public will and interest, to install a solar Smartflower at the LaGrange Housing Authority (LHA). A first of its kind in area, the Smartflower will produce energy that will help reduce the monthly utility bill of LHA’s administrative office. Those savings will then be earmarked to fund future, youth afterschool programming and education.

    June 12, 2019

  • Community Solar Kick Off: Dupont Seventh Day Adventist Church, D.C.

    Community Solar Kick Off: Dupont Seventh Day Adventist Church, D.C.

    Thanks in part to Solar For All DC, a program of the Department of Energy and Environment, Groundswell broke ground on two landmark solar projects totaling 168kW of capacity at the 100-year-old DuPont Park Seventh Day Adventist Church located in DC’s historic Ward 7 neighborhood.

    April 18, 2019

  • Black Green History: Making History with Mohawk

    Black Green History: Making History with Mohawk

    A building in and of itself is not anything but a building. The value of a sustainable building is that it educates the people in the building who then go and begin to pollinate that message of responsibility in their own communities and homes.

    February 21, 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